THEME: The Tagore Resonance

The Department of Elementary Education organized its annual academic meet SEHAR-2012 entitled ‘The Tagore Resonance’. As we are celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Indian Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore this year, the Department dedicated the academic meet, to celebrating and revisiting the life, work and contributions of Tagore to the fields of Education, Music, Literature and beyond.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Radha Chakravarty, an eminent writer and academician. She enthralled the audience with her captivating and stimulating talk. This was followed by a play performance titled MUKTI by eminent theatre artistes Dr. Ashish Ghosh and Ms. Ruma Ghosh. The fifty minutes presentation on Rabindranath Tagore was based on reflections of the poet in first person through his poems, songs, essays, letters, plays, novels and short stories. It was based on an aspect of Rabindranath which revisits him again and again, almost as a refrain, e.g., the urge to forge a link with the ignoble masses. The presentation ended face to face with the issue: where do we stand in the twenty first century? Can we have Mukti ignoring the ignoble, the poor and the destitute?
SEHAR also had several other events like painting- Chobi Aka, photo essay competition based on the theme Kabuliwala- Capturing the lives of street hawkers through photographs, skit (Amalgam), elocution (Kobita Abriti) and a debate (Baad Bibaad) competition on ‘Rabindranath Tagore- Is he a Nationalist or a Universalist?’ All of these events drew inspiration from the life and works of the great Nobel laureate. There was a lot of enthusiasm in the audience to take part in these competitions and they were very well received.
The highlight of the event was the performance of the third year students. It was a modern day take on Tagore’s play ‘Tota’ and its relevance in education in contemporary times. The students’ performance was greatly appreciated by students and faculty alike. Dr. Ashish Ghosh and Ms. Ruma Ghosh were highly impressed by the nuanced understanding of theatre which the students have managed to inculcate.


Keynote address by Radha Chakravarty on ‘Visionary Tagore – Thoughts on Education’ Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Venue: Lower Seminar Room
High Tea Time: 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Stage Performance – ‘MUKTI’ By Dr. Ashish Ghosh & Ms Ruma Ghosh Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Venue: Auditorium
Book Reading Reading excerpts from Tagore’s Letters on Education
Reading by: Ms Radhika Baruah
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Curriculum Lab

Elocution Competition
Topic: Any poem, prose or self-written piece, inspired by or connected to the life and works of Rabindranath Tagore.
Venue: Upper Seminar Room
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Participation: Individual only

Topic: Rabindranath Tagore- A Universalist or a Nationalist?
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Upper Seminar room
Participation: In teams of two, comprising of one participant for the motion and the other against the motion.
Last Date for Registration: 24th February, 2012
Painting Competition
Topic: Would be given on the spot.
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Curriculum Lab
Participation: In teams of two or individually.
Last Date for Registration: 24thFebruary, 2012
Skit Competition
Theme: Based on the life and works of Rabindranath Tagore
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Auditorium
Last date for Registration: 24th February, 2012
Photo Essay Competition
Theme: ‘Kabuliwala’- Capturing the lives of street hawkers through photographs.
Time for submission of entries: By 25th February 2012, 10:30 a.m.

Movie Screening followed by discussion
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Auditorium
> Valedictory Function
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Auditorium
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