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R.Tagore’s Creative Work Lecture in St.Petersburg School named after R.Tagore


A lecture about R.Tagore’s life and work was held in St.Petersburg secondary school named after R.Tagore on January 15, 2018; the lecture as well as the "Rabindranath Tagore – Messenger of Indian Culture" exhibition, which is shown in the school, have been made by the St. Petersburg branch of the International Centre of the Roerichs. The public was more than 200 students and schoolteachers.  Mr. Dubey Mangalam  Avinashchandra, one of the founders of the “INRUCS" in St. Petersburg, the organization is cooperating with the R.Tagore school, also visited the lecture.

Tatyana Aleksandrova, the St.Petersburg Branch ICR lecturer, told about the diverse creative and ascetic life of one of the greatest educators and humanists of the XX century, the Nobel Prize winner, the world famous Indian poet, writer, playwright, philosopher, composer, artist and a prominent international public figure - Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). The writer’s creative heritage is enormous: it contains more than two thousand of lyric poems and songs, hundreds of poems and ballads, 8 novels, 11 collections of short stories, more than 20 plays, and articles on literary, social and philosophical topics, speeches and performances. In the last 12 years of his life, he was fond of painting and graphics and created nearly two thousand paintings. Exhibitions of his paintings were successful in many countries around the world.

Rabindranath Tagore was a bright and courageous innovator; he combined the classic Indian tradition with the best achievements of the Western culture. For example, Tagore’s songs show unique synthesis of the Northern Indian classical music and traditional music of Bengal with the best samples of the European classical music.

It is difficult to overestimate R. Tagore’s tireless work in education. In colonial India, where the Western education model dominated and the state language was English, he put forward the idea of creating a truly national system of education based on Indian culture and national languages.
Rabindranath Tagore travelled around the world with friendly visits and various lectures. He visited about 35 countries; his devotees and friends were prominent political and public figures, famous scientists, writers, philosophers, artists; A. Einstein, R. Rolland, Thomas Mann, Bernard Shaw, Mahatma Gandhi, Nicholas Roerich and many others were among them. Travelling through the Western countries R. Tagore deeply understood the Western culture and did a lot to open a real East with its lively, deep, diverse traditions and ancient wisdom to the world.

On the eve of the great patriotic war, R. Tagore visited the Soviet Union and was impressed by the Soviet country and its people. A humanist by nature and way of thinking, Rabindranath Tagore was an anti-fascist, a consistent fighter against all forms of evil and violence. Seeing the strained processes in different countries of the world, Tagore appealed for unity and cooperation of all people of the Earth. His creative work shows eternal values of Culture, where man, the Creator, is able to solve complex problems.
Nicholas Roerich, the great Russian artist, scientist, thinker, traveller, a prominent international public figure, appreciated R. Tagore’s work. In his essay "Vijaya Tagore!" Nicholas Roerich wrote: “When we think of invincible energy, blessed enthusiasm, pure Culture, before me always rises the image of Rabindranath Tagore, so dear to me. Great must be the potentiality of that spirit, which prompts him untiringly to apply in life the foundations of true Culture. The songs of Tagore are inspirational calls to Culture; they are his prayers about great Culture, his blessings to the seekers of the paths of ascent. Synthesizing his immense activities—which ascend the very same mountain of Bliss, and which penetrate into the narrowest alleys of life—could any one abstain from the feeling of inspiring joy? So blissful, so beautiful is the essence of the hymns, the calls and works of Tagore”.


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