Singapore: Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna Thursday handed over a bust of Rabindranath Tagore to be housed in Singapore`s India Heritage Centre to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate.
Krishna presented the bust at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
Speaking on the occasion, Krishna recalled Tagore`s tour of southeast Asia in 1927. "The objective of Tagore`s voyage was to explore India`s millennia-old cultural and historical links with southeast Asia with humanistic ideas, religious values, music, philosophy and culture. The chief motive of his journey was a desire to renew Indian cultural links with southeast Asian countries," he said.
The bust, presented on behalf of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, has been sculpted by Gautam Pal.