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Third edition of “Namaste India” festival at Village Museum

The third edition of the “Namaste India” Festival organized by the “Rabindranath Tagore” Cultural Centre and the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, between September 30 and October 2, 2011, will be dedicated to the great poet Rabindranath Tagore. Affectionately called “The Soul of India” and “the prophet of modern India”, Tagore was the first Asian laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1913. The event will mark 150 years since the birth of the Indian poet by a conference titled “Rabindranath Tagore: Citizen of His Country and the Universe”. The special guest of the event will be Professor Uma Dasgupta, currently the world’s greatest specialist in Tagore’s life and work, coordinator of the “Tagore” series at the prestigious Oxford University Press. The event series will also include a poetry recital which will offer the public the chance of a unique encounter with Tagore’s genius, through the magic of words pouring straight from the heart. A photography exhibition will also be opened on the occasion, featuring landscapes from West Bengal, Tagore’s birthplace, as well as scenes from rural life, which acquire a symbolic quality in the poet’s work.

Also featured on the programme are music and dance performances, book launches, a handicraft and culinary fair and film screenings. Furthermore, visitors will have a chance to learn, in interactive workshops, the art of wearing a sari, the basic rules of classical and devotional dance, the art of mehndi (henna hand decoration), as well as the basics of Sanskrit and Hindi.

The event is organized with the support of the Indian Embassy in Bucharest and the Socio-Humanistic Research Department, the “George Baritiu” History Institute and the Cluj-Napoca branch of the Romanian Academy.
Visiting hours are 9am to 7pm.

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