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Saturday, April 30, 2011

"Tagore and Japan: A Retrospection" - Proceedings

As a part of the events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rabindranath Tagore, Sakura Academy and The School of Languages, Jadavpur University held a seminar, Tagore & Japan: A Retrospection, on 22nd March, 2011. The seminar was held at the auditorium of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Jadavpur and was supported by theRabindranath Studies Centre, Jadavpur University.
A minute’s silence is being observed by all

Inaugural Address by Swami Vedaswarupanandji Maharaj

Introductory Remarks by Hon. Mr. Mitsuo Kawaguchi

Ms. Akiko Kubota, Hon. Vice-Consul is being felicitated by Mrs. Kazuko Nigam

Welcome Address by Prof. Supriya Chaudhuri

Keynote Address by Prof. Abhijit Mukherjee

The seminar was attended by a reasonably large cross-section of people from the academia and general enthusiasts about Japan in Kolkata. At the beginning, a minute’s silence was observed by all in remembrance of the earthquake and tsunami victims of Japan. Next, Swami Vedaswarupanandaji Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission, GolPark, Kolkata, lit the inaugural lamp and delivered a short lecture of encouragement. Hon. Mr. Mitsutake Numahata, Deputy Consul General of Japan at Kolkata
, thanked India as a nation for expressing solidarity with Japan in these hours of crisis. Prof. Supriya Choudhuri, Director, School of Languages, Jadavpur University in her welcome address expressed her wish that the seminar would be a fruitful one to bring out new perspectives of Japan – Bengal relation that dawned with Tenshin’s visit to Kolkata.

Swami Vedaswarupanandaji Maharaj & Hon. Mr. Mitsutake Numahata

The first part of the seminar consisted of three lectures. Prof. Abhijit Mukherjee in his keynote address titled “Tagore’s First Visit to Japan – An Interpretation of Its Impact on Tagore”, threw light upon Tagore’s remarkable appreciation of Japanese culture but relative unpreparedness to grasp the political tradition and the role of Emperor, going into details of the prevailing situation in 1916 mostly as depicted in Japanese literature. Next, Prof. Nabin Kumar Panda of Dept. of East Asian Studies, Delhi University, in his speech talked about the history of the introduction of Japanese Studies in India that began with Jinnotsuke Sano, the Jujutsu teacher who started teaching in Shantiniketan in 1905. The next paper was of Dr Kyoko Niwa, her paper titled “Rabindranath Tagore and Noguchi Yonejirou” was read out in absence of her. This paper is interesting in bringing out new perspectives of the well known debate that followed between the poets Tagore and Noguchi, following the Sino-Japanese war in 1938.

News Paper Review: "Global Mail" 28.03.2o11

Dr. Satyanarayan Bhattacharya, Prof. Abhijit Mukherjee, Prof. Nabin Kumar Panda, Mr. Bipul Krishna Das, Mrs. Sumita Bhattacharjee & others

News Paper Review: "Paribartton" 26.03.2011

In the second part of the seminar five speakers presented their papers on different issues relating to Tagore’s association with Japan. The first speaker was Dr. Satyanarayan Bhattacharya, the title of his paper was, "Tagore and Japan: An Aesthetic Bond". The next speaker was Mr. Prabir Bikash Sarkar. He intended to talk about the history of Japan’s cultural tie with Bengal, and the role of Okakura Tenshin. Two more informative papers were presented by Sri Pratyay Banerjee and Sri Debanjan Ghosh respectively. The first speaker spoke of Tagore’s initiative in introducing Judo in Santiniketan. The next speaker presented a paper titled “Tagore’s Literature in Japanese Language”. The last speaker was Mrs. Suparna Chakraborty and the title of her paper was “Japan‑Jatri as a Travelogue”.

Prof. Nabin Kr. Panda

Invited Lecture by Prof. Nabin Kr. Panda

News Paper Review: "Bikeler Protidin" 05.04.2011

Tagore’s appreciation of traditional Japanese culture is well known. The poet not only visited Japan quite a few times, but also played a significant part in bringing about a new wave of cultural relation between Bengal & Japan.

Dr. Satyanarayan Bhattacharyay

Mr. Pratyay Banerjee

News Paper Review: "News Bangla" 25.03.2011

Mr. Debanjan Ghosh

Mr. Probir Bikash Sarker

However this cultural relation between undivided Bengal and Japan lost its vibrancy due to the changed perspective in the post war period. Viewed from this historical perspective this seminar turns out to be a meaningful attempt to remember a historical period that has almost passed into oblivion.

News Paper Review: "Kolkata Saradin" 05.04.2011

Mr. Bipul Krishna Das meeting the Press