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President confers Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony to Rajkumar Singhajit Singh, Bangladesh cultural organisation Chhayanaut and Ram Sutar Vanji for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively at a function held in New Delhi on February 18, 2019.

Feb 19, 2019 10:19 IST
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Indian President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony to Rajkumar Singhajit Singh, Bangladesh cultural organisation Chhayanaut and Ram Sutar Vanji for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively on February 18, 2019 at a function held in Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi.

The award was instituted by the Union Government in 2012 to recognise the contributions made by Rabindranath Tagore to humanity at large with his works and ideas, as part of the commemoration of his 150th Birth Anniversary, for promoting values of cultural harmony.

Key Highlights

The award is conferred annually and carries an amount worth Rs one crore, citation in a scroll, a plaque and an exquisite traditional handicraft and handloom item.

The award may be divided between two persons or institutions who are considered by the jury to be equally deserving of recognition in a given year.

• The jury comprises the Prime Minister of India, Chief Justice of India, leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha or the leader of the single largest opposition party in the House and two eminent persons.

The Prime Minister, who is the chairman of the jury, had nominated Rajya Sabha MP N Gopalaswami and Indian Council for Cultural Relations President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, as jury members for a period of three years from July 16, 2018 till July 15, 2021.

Background

The Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony is given to individuals, associations, institutions or organisations for their outstanding contribution towards promoting values of cultural harmony.

The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or gender.

Generally, the contributions made during ten years immediately preceding the nomination are considered.  Older contributions may also be considered if their significance has become apparent only recently.

A written work, in order to be eligible for consideration, should have been published during the last ten years. The work by a person since deceased cannot be the subject of an award.  

However, if the death occurred subsequent to a proposal having been submitted to the jury in the manner stipulated in the Code of Procedure, then a posthumous award can be conferred.

The first Tagore award was conferred upon Pt. Ravi Shankar, the Indian Sitar Maestro in 2012 and the second award was conferred upon Maestro Zubin Mehta in 2013.

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