The Consul General of India, Aseem Mahajan, also spoke about Tagore’s visions of international brotherhood and their relevance in today’s world…reports Asian Lite News
A new permanent memorial honouring the words and thoughts of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore has been unveiled in Houston, Texas.
The Tagore Memorial Grove and walking museum, the open-air memorial promotes Tagore’s message of universal love, brotherhood, and a borderless world.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by numerous public officials, including the Consul General of India in Houston, Aseem Mahajan, Fort Bend County Judge K P George, and Fort Bend Commissioner Andy Myers.
Representatives from the Tagore Society of Houston (TSH), which collaborated with the City of Houston Parks Department on the project, also attended the event.
The Tagore Memorial Grove includes a life-size bronze statue of Tagore, which was unveiled in 2013, and is only the sixth full-figure statue of the poet to be erected outside his birthplace in Kolkata, India, and the first in the United States.
The installation is intended to be a fitting monument to Tagore’s message of universalism and world peace, said TSH President Gopendu Chakrabarti, news agency PTI reported.
The Consul General of India, Aseem Mahajan, also spoke about Tagore’s visions of international brotherhood and their relevance in today’s world, particularly in Houston, which is a melting pot of different cultures.
Mahajan noted that the memorial’s timing was significant, as it coincides with India’s celebration of 75 years of independence (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) and marks 102 years since the opening of Viswa Bharati, the world university founded by Tagore. He added that the memorial will add to the diversity of the city and promote cultural exchanges and mutual understanding between India and the United States.