Happy Birthday to a Nobel Laureate

One of the many great things since earning the title of Miss World Canada has been the knowledge I have gained of cultures and people. Saturday, February 26th was one such example.

The Royal Ontario Museum is the largest museum in Canada for natural history and world culture. What a perfect place to host South Asian Heritage day and the 150th anniversary for a man renowned for his artistry–Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore.

The day was filled with both visual and performing arts as pieces of Tagore’s work were performed by various schools and individuals. Some of his poetry was read by CBC Radio’s Peter Armstrong, and Fox Radio’s Piya Chattopadhyay. As I watched these performances, preceded by short speeches about his history, I learned more and more about the fascinating man that Tagore was.

With a passion for education and for people, he founded his own school in 1901, Visva-Bharati. It was a school designed to touch the lives of the ordinary people, a community without marginalization, which is why it was located in a village rather than within an affluent city.

In 1913, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This was also a marking stone in history, as he was the first Asian to win this prize. He invested his prize money into his two schools, which both later evolved into universities.

With the great grandson of Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, Sundaram Tagore. Photo Credit: Annandi Merhai (www.devidesigns.ca)

Returning to the events at the ROM, activities continued throughout the day with one of the highlights being the showcase of the film, “Poetic Colours”. Very interesting was the story, speaking of an Indian man’s struggle for recognition in North America. Even more interesting, and relevant to the day, was the film’s creator, who was present for the showcase: the great-grandson of Tagore himself, Sundaram Tagore. I was in direct contact with the blood line of the great Tagore (seen with me in the photograph), and the feeling was phenomenal.

Enlightened and inspired, the day was perfect. Following this event was preparation for another overseas adventure–story to be continued!!

Annandi - April 5, 2011 - 1:42 pm

It was wonderful for you to take part and great seeing you at the ROM!

Denise - April 5, 2011 - 2:07 pm

Thanks Annandi!
And it was wonderful getting to see you as well! A day filled with surprises and wonderful people!

Velvet - September 8, 2011 - 6:48 pm

This does look prominsig. I’ll keep coming back for more.

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