2014-2015 TSH Elected Candidates
The 2014-15 election committee comprising Tarun Kumar Das, Subrata Dasgupta and Shibir Chowdhury, hereby declares that following uncontested candidates have been elected officers of the society for the year 2014-15 as per TSH Article-V.
1) Ruma Acharya - President
2) Biren Das Biswas - Vice President
3) Sanchali Basu - General Secretary
4) Saikat Ghosh - Treasurer
Thanks to all for extending cooperation and help to conduct free and fair election.
Tarun Kumar Das-2014-15 TSH Election Commissioner
Last Updated (Sunday, 05 January 2014 17:56)
2013 : Sep 13 - Tagore Grove
TSH unveilled a statue of Rabindranath Tagore at the Ray Miller
Park (West Houston), on Eldridge south of Briar Forest.
2013 : July 21 - Barnali
TSH presented Raghab Chatterjee along with
2013 : June 15 - TSH Classical Music Event
( ‘A Sojourn Beyond Borders – Indian Ragas from Classical to Fusion’ an enchanting evening with music maestros from India – Tejendra Majumdar and Tanmoy Bose.)
Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:30)
UH Grad Student Samantha Lay Named the 2012 Tagore Scholar at UH
Tagore Initial Report
I want to begin by again thanking the Tagore Society for allowing me this opportunity. I also want to thank a few people whose assistance and kindness I would not have managed. Partha Sengupta and his sister and brother-in-law Supriya and Sekhar Roy helped me find housing, Krishna and Monoj Dutta in whose home I stayed and for introducing me to contacts in Santiniketan. All of these people took me under their wings and treated me like family. I also want to thank Dipankar Roy, an English professor of Tagore’s fiction at Visva-Bharati University, Dr. Aboul-Ela, my project mentor at the University of Houston, and Dr. Herendeen the English department chair at University of Houston.
In Kolkata I researched in Calcutta University’s library and in the Comparative Literature Library at Jadavpur University. I toured Rabindra Bharti in Joransko and Supria and Sekhar Roy showed me the sights around Kolkata, such as the Victoria Memorial and the riverside. They also introduced me to a circle of artists and professors with whom I discussed Tagore’s art, mission, and role in Bengal. We discussed the issues of the day, how they are still reflected in art, and how art can initiate social awareness and social change, a key element in Tagore’s writing.
In Santiniketan, I met with professors at Visva-Bharatia University, visited Pous Mela, toured the Santiniketan Society of Visual Art and Design, studied in the Tagore Center library, toured Rabindra-Bhavana, Visva-Bharati’s campuses, and Pearson Pali. The contacts I made through Krishna Dutta allowed me access to areas in Tagore’s home that are closed to the public, Tagore’s drawing room, his daughter’s bedroom, and his dining room, in which I had tea. I was in awe.
While I consulted many texts, the most useful texts from the various university libraries were:
- Dutta, Krishna and Andrew Robinson, Rabindranath Tagore: The Myriad-Minded Man
- Gupta, Kalyan Sen. The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore.
- Kripalani, Krishna. Rabindranath Tagore: A Biography.
- Raj, G.V, Tagore: The Novelist New Delhi: Sterling PPL 1983
- Thompson, Edward, Rabindranath Tagore: A Centenary Volume
My initial interest in Tagore came through learning about this scholarship. While researching Tagore, I noticed that his life and work followed key Romantic ideologies. As I continued to read, I saw how Tagore’s literature includes aspects of British Romanticism, but he shifts these elements, transforming them to fit the crisis in culture that is specific to India’s political, social, and economic climate. While I started by reading Tagore’s poetry, I was more drawn to his fiction. I read a collection of Tagore’s short stories, The Home and the World and Gora, but it was Gora, in particular, that most interested me. It is a work that illustrates Tagore’s theory that political institutions can interfere with and disrupt what would be a natural humanity, how systems that serve themselves rather than the people, systems that create economic divides, can contaminate what has the potential to be a utopian-like existence.
My research in India supported my idea that Tagore takes aspects of British Romanticism and transforms them to use them for his mission of progressing Indian society and culture. As I read, I narrowed to a specific Romantic figure, the Byronic Hero. In Gora, the title character, Gora, fits the description of the Byronic Hero, who is tortured, who tortures those around him because of his unrelenting ideologies, and whose distinctive physical presence signifies that he is unique. But unlike the British Byronic Hero, Gora does not die tortured and alone. He does not sacrifice others to fulfill his selfish goals. Instead, Tagore uses the powerful figure of the Byronic Hero to further his idea that when individuals live their lives by breaking from social constraints, they actually advance their society rather than harm it. As I write the final project, I will more fully develop these claims, and I will continue my research and writing through this semester and into the summer and will have the final project completed by August 2013.
One of the most important findings goes beyond the Romanticism project though. It occurred when reading Tagore’s journals and letters and in the midst of my interactions with the artists and professors. I realized that beyond sharing Tagore’s ideas on art and society, I genuinely liked Tagore and would have liked to know him. Making such a powerful connection with a man who died decades before I was born, who lived across the globe from me, and making such powerful connections with my new friends in India, with whom I am still in contact, and with whom I would trust with my life, truly embodies Tagore’s vision of a union between the East and the West.
UH Grad Student Zachary Martin Named the 2011 Tagore Scholar at UH
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (C.L.A.S.S.), University of Houston
Shaping the Canon: Tagore's Influence on Indian Literature
Second Tagore Scholar to travel to where Nobel Laureate lived and worked!
Rabindranath Tagore, Asia's first Nobel Laureate, is known as the Bard of Bengal.
Graduate student Zachary Martin has been awarded the 2011 Tagore Passport Operating Scholarship to explore why Tagore's writing continues to possess such a strong hold over the Indian people long after his death 70 years ago.
A second year doctoral candidate in the English Department's Creative Writing Program, Martin is the university's second Tagore Scholar. He will be using the funds to embark on a four-week research trip to the Indian cities of Kolkata and Santiniketan, where Tagore lived, and Vishwa Bharati University, which Tagore founded.
The Tagore Passport Operating scholarship was established by the Tagore Society of Houston in collaboration with the English Department as an annual $5,000 award to an outstanding graduate student who will apply the funds to one semester of research or creative work dedicated to the legacy of Tagore. The scholarship is open to full-time UH graduate students in any discipline.
According to Wyman Herendeen, Chair of the Department of English, the Tagore Passport Operating Scholarship marks a significant new partnership between the University and the Tagore Society of Houston.
"Through this award our students have an exceptional opportunity to study abroad and explore Tagore's legacy, whether it be in the arts, humanities, social sciences or other areas of inquiry," Herendeen said.
Martin plans to produce a literary journalistic essay that aims to "marry" his personal traveling experiences with his explorations of Tagore's influence on Indian literature and society. "I am going to produce an essay that hopefully brings more readers and understanding to his work," Martin said. "There is something in Tagore's work or in the way that he is taught and discussed in India that keeps him fresh and alive, I'd like to discover what that is."
Herendeen said Martin is an exemplary candidate for the Tagore Passport Scholarship because his project will immerse him in the culture and community that embodies the multi-dimensional influence of Rabindranath Tagore.
"Zach Martin, a talented writer of fiction and non-fiction, brings the trained eye and self-discipline needed to observe and learn about the world that Tagore helped shape," Herendeen said. "He will be a splendid ambassador for the University of Houston."
Martin is partially preparing for the trip by reading some of Tagore's fiction: The Home and the World, Gora, Farewell Song and The Religion of Man, as well as a recent biography called Rabindranath Tagore: The Myriad-Minded Man. He says, as a fiction writer, submerging himself in Tagore's novels strengthens his own connection to the canonical author.
"Though I am not going to research my own fiction," Martin said, "it is possible that some fiction or something that I am not planning will come out of the experience."
The TSH Endowment&Scholarship Fund nears $20,000
!!!! Help Us Reach Our Goal of $50,000 !!!!
The TSH Trust Fund currently funds the following activities:
An annual essay contest for Texas high school seniors with up to $2000/yr in award money
A $5000/yr Tagore Scholar Grant at the University of Houston Dept of English for graduate study aimed at the understanding & promoting of Tagore's myriad contributions to the Arts, Literature, Philosophy and "borderless thinking"
We Sincerely Thank All who made this possible.Please see news of 2nd Annual Fundraiser in Concluded Events.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 February 2013 05:38)