The cultural events organised by the Tagore Centre have enhanced and enlivened the cultural landscape of London.
There have been many memorable evenings when eminent Rabindrasangeet singers such as Santidev Ghosh, Maya Sen, Suchitra Mitra, Dwijen Mukherjee, Ritu Guha, Purobi Mukherjee, Rezwana Choudhuri Banya, Pramita Mullick, Roma Mandal, Banani Ghosh, Arghya Sen and others – all celebrities in this genre – have provided delightful entertainment. Performances by The Dancers’ Guild, Mamata Shankar Ballet, Tanushree Shankar’s Dance Troupe, Mrinalini and Mallika Sarabhai and the solo performance by Sanjukta Panigrahi have mesmerised our audiences.
In 2007 the Centre sponsored “Homapakhi”, a modern psychoanalytical play written by Dr Amit Ranjan Biswas , a member of the Centre and Directed by and acted in by Saumitra Chatterjee. The play was a resounding success, not least due to the towering presence of the actor /director Saumitra Chatterjee. In September 2010, in the run up to Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, the Centre arranged an open air musical festival which was free for all. The event was held at The Scoop by the Thames in London. The unique medley of traditional, folk and contemporary styles of dance, rhythms and rhymes wrapped in Tagore’s literary and musical works, attracted a wide range of audiences. Some of the above cultural celebrities as well as the well-known intellectuals such as Dr Bhabatosh Dutta, Prof Sibnarayan Ray and artist Purnendu Patree were felicitated by the Tagore Centre during their visits to London.
The Tagore Centre has an audio-visual auditorium for multimedia presentations and demonstrations. The Centre regularly hosts events on Sunday afternoons to entertain and inform. These range from lectures, discussions, poetry readings, singing, film shows, children’s and community events. The Centre is starting a weekly class for Music for young people next month to be tutored by the reputed musician Sanjay De. With a modest grant from the lottery heritage fund, talented Tagorean Ansuman Biswas is now engaged in a project of extending the familiarity of Tagore`s literary/artistic output to the younger generation including school children in the UK.