Date and Venue : May 8-12, Egypt
Purpose : The festival will be held to mark the 155th birth anniversary of poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
- The Indian embassy in Cairo
- The Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture
Tagore visited Egypt:
- Tagore, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, is known to Egypt.
- He visited Egypt as an adolescent in 1878 and later as a famous poet-philosopher in 1926 when he met King Fouad.
- He interacted with scholars in Alexandria and Cairo.
- His friendship with Egyptian poet Ahmed Shawqy is eminent and he wrote a moving testimonial on his friend’s death in 1932.
Tagore fondness on Egypt:
- Tagore was impressed by the strong literary trends and found great resonance in the intellectual movement in Egypt.
- He also wrote about the relationship between the Nile river and the Egyptian civilization.
The Egyptian Caricature Society:
- The Egyptian Caricature Society has curated an excellent collection of portraits from across the globe on Tagore.
- These will be exhibited during a painting exhibition, which will be inaugurated on May 8.
About Egyptian Scholars:
- Egyptian scholars have translated many of Tagore’s works into Arabic and have also written several books on Tagore.
- These books are available at an exhibition of all such books to be inaugurated on May 9.
- The Festival will feature the Tagore dance drama “Shapmochan” (Breaking the Spell) on May 9 by well-known Indian classical dancer Dona Ganguly.
- The movie “Ghare Baire” by legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray will be screened on May 10.
- Shreya Guhathakurta, acclaimed Rabindra Sangeet exponent, will present songs written and composed by Tagore to the Egyptian audience on May 11.
- The festival will conclude on May 12 with a seminar on contemporary literature “Tagore, Shawky & Mahfouz”
- The Indian embassy organised a month-long online Quiz Completion, which started on April 10.
- An essay competition on ‘Tagore’ for students.