[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]President Ram Nath Kovind has said each region in the country has a distinct cultural identity but this does not divide but unites and harmonises all of India. He was addressing a function in New Delhi today after presenting the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony.
The President said the award is a celebration of Indian tradition of culture. The President said Gurudev was a remarkable genius, who became the first Indian Nobel laureate. He said Gurudev Tagore is remembered every day as a poet who gave India its national anthem. He added that Gurudev belongs to the entire world as he was a nationalist as well as an internationalist.
In his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said culture is the lifeblood of any nation as it gives identity to it. He said India’s rich cultural heritage was preserved in the face of colonisation and foreign invasion. He said this was possible due to the contribution of people like Gurudev Tagore and Swami Vivekananda.
Mr Modi said Gurudev understood the multicoloured and diverse culture of India and translated it into Rabindra Sangeet. He called Tagore’s teachings timeless and said the world stands to learn a great deal from his works.
Exponent of Manipuri dance Rajkumar Singhajit Singh was given the award for the year 2014. Chhayanaut, a cultural organization of Bangladesh was given the award for 2015 for its role in the promotion of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s works and Bangla arts.
Renowned sculptor and scholar Ram Vanji Sutar was given the award for 2016.
Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony was instituted by the Government from 2012 recognizing the contributions made by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore to humanity. It is awarded annually and carries an amount of One Crore rupees, a citation in a Scroll, a Plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft or handloom item.
The awardees were selected by a jury headed by the Prime Minister. The jury included Chief Justice of India, Leader of the single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha, former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami and president of Indian Council for Cultural Relations Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.