The Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (Tagore Prize) established in 2018, is awarded annually in the honor of Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author and first non-European Nobel prize winner for literature.
Eligible are Indian poets, playwrights and novelists (poetry, drama, prose/fiction; short story, novel) writing in officially recognized languages or dialects of the Indian subcontinent, including English.
The Tagore Prize is a legacy to Rabindranath Tagore, his outstanding contribution to Indian and international literature, as well as to the cultural, educational and humane ideas he pursued throughout his life.Accordingly, the criteria for winning the award are:
creativity, outstanding literary relevance, promotion of peace and national, cultural and religious tolerance, preserving linguistic and cultural heritage, and being socially conscious in character.
The prize will be awarded for one extraordinary piece of work, or as a lifetime achievement. In the latter case, at least one representative piece of work should be available in English.
The opening ceremony and the first presentation of the award was held on April 11th, 2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm in New Delhi on the premises of India International Center (IIC). The laureate received US$ 10 000, a Tagore’s statuette and a certificate for contribution to literature.
The first laureate was publicly announced on the presentation of the prize, our website, and our Facebook page @tagoreprize