An archive of Rabindranath Tagore being set up by the Tagore Society in collaboration with Vishwabharati University will be inaugurated here next month.
The archive is being set up by the Tagore Society, Jamshedpur in collaboration of Vishwabharati University, in the campus of Ravindra Bhawan in Sakchi here to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary, said Ashis Chowdhury, general secretary of the Society.
The work is almost complete and the archive, being set up in the second floor of its four-storied building, will be inaugurated sometime in the second week of December, Chowdhury told newsmen here on Wednesday.
As we want the Vishawabharati University vice-chancellor to inaugurate the archive, we have written to him to seek his consent in this regard, Chowdhury said adding that once we get the consent, we will decide the date.
Regretting that the younger generation are lacking knowledge of the works and achievements of Tagore, he said the archive was aimed to motivate the people particularly the younger generation about the contribution of Tagore, who was also known by the sobriquet "Gurudev", made in various field including literature, culture, poetry, art and handicraft.
Referring the archive, which will be the first of its kind in Jharkhand and second in the Eastern India after Kolkata, Chowdhury appreciated Vishwabharati University for providing rare photographs of Tagore, books authored by him to exhibit in the archive, to be established at a cost of over Rs25 lakh. more.
The archive will have the facility to exhibit Tagore’s works and achievements in all spheres of life including literary, social, political and cultural field since his birth to death, Chowdhury claimed.
We have already collected about six original handwritten letters of Tagore, collection of his poetry, rare photographs, which will be preserved for general masses he said.
About 35 to 40 large size rare photographs of Tagore have already been procured from Vishwabharati and expecting more soon, he said claiming that the archive will have the provision for further expansion in future.
The Tagore Society here has allocated Rs25 lakh for the project and already spent Rs20 lakh, he said adding that the society has generated the fund itself.
In an attempt to preserve and promote Ravindra Sangeet, Chowdhury said the society has been running six centres in the city to promote Ravindra Sangeet.
Chowdhury said the Society also procured Hindi translated version of Ravindra Sangeet and introduced here a couple of years ago to attract non-Bengali students as well.