Jamshedpur to have Tagore archive soon

The Steel city of Jamshedpur will soon have an archive of Rabindranath Tagore.

Updated: May 10, 2011, 09:21 AM IST

Jamshedpur: The Steel city of Jamshedpur will soon have an archive of Rabindranath Tagore where the bard`s letters, rare photographs and other memorabilia will be preserved.

The archive was being constructed within the Rabindra Bhawan campus at Sakchi here and was likely to be inaugurated in the last week of June, said Ashis Chowdhury, general secretary of Tagore Society, Jamshedpur.

Set up by the Society in collaboration with the Visva-Bharati university, Santiniketan, the first Tagore archive of Jharkhand was being built on the occasion of the poet-philosopher`s 150th birth anniversary today, he said.

The Society, which also celebrates its golden jubilee this year, has decided to observe a year-long celebration with launching of three-day programme from today, Chowdhury said.

The archive, to be set up at a cost of over Rs five lakhs, will showcase Tagore`s genius in literary, social, political and cultural field.

"We have already procured about 35 to 40 large size rare photographs of Tagore from Visva-bharati and expecting more items soon," Chowdhury said claiming that the archive would have the provision for further expansion in future.

The year long celebration would include a Rabindra Mela, a seminar on `Relevance of Tagore today` and a conference on Rabindra sangeet.