Kolkata, Oct 27 IBNS | 12 months ago

Embassy of Sweden in India celebrated the centenary of world poet Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize win in association with Swedish cosmetic firm Oriflame, here on Saturday.


The event also marked the seventh edition of Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2013, which is a multi-city, multi-activity annual event organized by the Embassy in cooperation with leading Swedish businesses in India to recognise Swedish innovations throughout the world and strengthen Indo-Swedish relations.

Tagore won Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, for Gitanjali, which is a collection of his 103 poems translated into English from Bengali.

The event on Saturday turned into a platform for intriguing exchange of thoughts to explore the relevance of the philosophy and work of Tagore in the present time and age.

Ambassador of Sweden, Herald Sandberg said, "This event is an effort to showcase the relevance of Tagore's work in today's time and spread it even further."

Talking about the poet's significance in Europe and rest of the world, he said, "Tagore's views on humanity and openness in society and his skepticism to chauvinism and peroculism are very, very relevant, universally. I think we should read more of Tagore than what we do."

"In addition to Tagore's Gitanjali and Gardener a few more of his works have been translated into Swedish, but with the development of the language we look forward to more translations in the near future," the Ambassador said in the context of the efforts taken up by the Embassy of Sweden to promote Indo-Swedish cultural exchange.

Tagore was a zealous champion of women's rights and constantly worked towards their education and upliftment.

Saluting this spirit, the event translated into a platform for exchange of thoughts on the theme of 'women empowerment'.

Nicolas Frisk, MD Oriflame India, presented Chanda Gayen, a woman achiever who had scaled Mt. Everest and Mt Lhotse.

Oriflame's brand ambassador and former Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre also spoke about her life and achievements and the importance of women empowerment.

"When you educate a woman, you educate a family," Sonali said, while commending Oriflame's Corporate Social Resposibility initiatives to promote education of girl child in India.

The event also witnessed a soulful performance by singer Anupam Roy who had gained acclaim with playback performance in the Bengali movie 'Autograph'.

(Posted on 28-10-2013)