Ravi Shankar to get first Tagore Award

(IBNS) Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar will get the first ‘Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony’.

The national Committee set up under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister to oversee the celebrations of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in its first meeting considered a proposal to establish an international award in the memory of the late poet.

The Government of India subsequently established the Tagore Award for promoting values of Universal Brotherhood. The award shall carry an amount of Rs. One Crore, a Citation in a Scroll, a Plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item. The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, cast, creed or sex.

A jury under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after detailed deliberations decided unanimously to select Pandit Ravi Shankar to be the first recipient of the Tagore Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural harmony and universal values.

On the recommendation of the jury the award has been renamed as the ‘Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony’. The award would be presented by the President of India in a special ceremony.

Announcing this in New Delhi, Union Finance Minister and Chairman of the National Implementation Committee Pranab Mukherjee said the Government of India has further decided to grant Rs. 150 Crores to Viswa Bharati University to revive and restore the glory of this great institution founded by Tagore.

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