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Tagore at Meritxell


The Other Gitanjali - Rabindranath TAGORE


Dialogues of Meritxell

TAGORE, 100 years of the Nobel Prize


Santuari de Meritxell, 28 November 2013, 20:30h

The association Andorra Complicitat and the publishing house AnimaViva multilingüe organized the third edition of the Dialogues of Meritxell to celebrate the Centenary of the Nobel Prize in Literature of Rabindranath TAGORE.

There was a conference with reading of poems and tagorian dance on November 28th, 2013 in the Sanctuary of Meritxell, with professor Udaya Singh of the University Visva-Bharati of India.

On November 29th, in the National library of Andorra, Udaya Singh, Manel Gibert and David Gálvez, the components of the collective Portella, established a dialogue between the East and the West on The Relation of the Writer with his Public.

For more information consult www.animaviva-publisher.com/tagore-meritxell or contact by e-mail to contact@andorra-events.com.


Rabindranath TAGORE (Calcuta 1861-1941), Nobel Prize in literature 1913 for his anthology of poems titled Gitanjali, Song Offerings (a compilation of different collections containing only 53 of the original Bengali Gitānjalī) was the first Nobel laureate from outside Europe, representing India and thus the first Nobel Prize of the Far East.

Venerated as a Poet and Writer who excelled in different genres, he was in fact an Educator pioneering a new school system, a Thinker, a Reformer and Revolutionary  as well as a world Traveller; a Painter as well as a political Activist; a land Reformer just as much as a highly rated Messenger between East and West whose encounters with the Greats of all continents fuelled the much needed Dialog of Cultures and Civilizations. His interest in science had him meet with Einstein; lesser is known about his meeting with Heisenberg (1927), one of the founding fathers of quantum physics.

Two of his poems have become national anthems (for India and Bangladesh), and the school and university he founded (Visva-Bharati) are still reputed institutions.


Professor Udaya SINGH:


Udaya Narayana Singh, Professor of Visva-Bharati, renowned linguist and poet (London Book Fair 2009, Frankfurt 2006).
Professor Singh visited and lectured in Bangladesh, the Caribbean, China, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, United States and United Kingdom, and has received several awards.

SINGH published The Other Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, English translation of the original Bengali Gitanjali (1910) with historical research and a thorough analysis of the work. Reading some of his poems is a world first.




The Association Andorra Complicitat and AnimaViva Multilingual publishing house
 is pleased to invite you to the Round Table (in English with Catalan translation)

Diàlegs de Meritxell: TAGORE, 100 years of the Nobel Prize 

A lecture by prof. Udaya Narayana SINGH from Visva-Bharati University in India, with poetry reading excerpts from the new translation of Gitanjali.

With the collaboration of the Ministry of Cultureand the participation of the Indian association of Andorra IndiraAnd

Interpreter: Ignaci Vancells

Meritxell Sanctuary

November 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm. 

With the collaboration of the Government of Andorra and the Comú of Canillo


Dialogues of Meritxell is a space for reflection where prominent contemporary intellectuals share their knowledge with the public. The Sanctuary, created by architect Ricardo Bofill, was designed with a purpose of dialogue among cultures.

The first dialogue, Interculturalism and Spirituality, held on 14/11/2012 with Sôshô YAMADA, Vicenç Mateu and Cinto Busquet. The second dialogue, Language and Thought, held on 19.09.2013 with Heinz Wismann and Arnau Pons, moderated by Antoni Oliva.

Tagore a Meritxell - Program


- Prof. Singh will present Rabindranath Tagore and his philosophical thought.

- Reading of poems in Hindi.

- Prof. Singh talk about the work Gitanjali and its timelessness.

- Dance of two poems of Gitanjali and reading texts in Bengali.

The conference of Prof. Singh will be in English with consecutive translation into Catalan.


Kaberi Chatterjee has danced the title roles in the film versions of all three of Rabindranath Tagore's dance dramas: Chandalika, Chitrangada and Shyama. She is an authority on the Tagore dance form and is one of only a handful of people to have been awarded a PhD in Dance by an Indian university. Kaberi grew up in Santiniketan, home of the Visva-Bharati University founded by Tagore. Having pursued her passion for dance since she was three, Kaberi has performed extensively in India and Europe, as well as touring Japan, Bangladesh and Egypt.

Readers in Hindi

Priya GURMUKHANI i Tanjit SANDHU, of the association of the Indian community in Andorra IndiraAnd offer the reading of six poems of Tagore in Hindi.

With the participation of the Indian association IndiraAnd