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 a prestigious 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, Dr. 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 today, the Finance Minister and Chairman of
the National Implementation Committee Shri Pranab Mukherjee has 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 Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.