Scottish University welcomes its first chair in Tagore studies

tagoreEdinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK, welcomed its first chair in Tagore studies on March 13. Professor Indra Nath Choudhuri, former member secretary and academic director of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, will promote the study of Tagore’s philosophy and works at The Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies (ScoTs), which is based at the university. More than the honour, Prof Choudhari says that the sense of duty and love for Tagore and an inner urge to disseminate Tagore’s literature in Scotland and beyond, forced him to take charge. Excerpts from an interview…

 What do you hope to achieve through this initiative?

The very fact that Edinburgh Napier University is the first university in the world, besides Tagore’s own Visva-Bharati, to create a Tagore centre, unfolds our vision of bringing the world into a nest and building an international hub of literary culture and understanding of Tagore in the world literary context. It is a happy coincidence that Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) came forward to create the First Tagore Chair in the Edinburgh Napier University and focus on the Tagore’s vision for unity of man, during India’s best known cultural icon Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birthday celebrations. I feel the urgency all the more to work in fulfilling this vision of both Edinburgh Napier and ICCR.

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