The first TagorePrize distribution ceremony was held on April 11th, 2018. on the premises of India International Center, IIC in New Delhi, India. The event was an evening celebrating the poetry and literature, filled with diverse speakers and nominees.
Everyone was a winner in this evening of joy and acknowledgment of Tagore and his profound influence on literature, poetry, education and the world.
A Tagore’s statuette, a certificate of contribution to literature and a check in the amount of US $500 as given to the shortlisted authors. This makes TagorePrize the first literary prize in the world awarding shortlisted authors, emphasizing humanitarian character of the event with the intent for social and cultural impact.
THE FIRST PRIZE for the year 2018. is awarded to “One Hundred Poems of Kabir” by Kabir, translated from Hindi to English by Tagore.
Kabir was posthumously awarded for his outstanding collection of poetry proving that “a poet never dies, neither does his poetry”. Five centuries after Kabir had left us, his poetry is still very alive and it will live forever.
By choosing Kabir as the winner of TagorePrize 2018. we want to show that he is not in direct competition with the living authors and thus, for us, ALL shortlisted authors are WINNERS.
To honor Kabir and his legacy the first prize of US $10 000 will be distributed in three ways:
– printing 10 000 books of “One Hundred Poems of Kabir” translated from Hindi into English by Rabindranath Tagore, donating and distributing to 10 000 schools to reach millions of children in our bid of revival of poetry in India. In the future our goal is to cover 100 000 schools.
– one lakh (approximately US $1500) to Visva Bharati (Santiniketan) University, founded by Tagore, for their contribution to education.
– one lakh to Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation founded by the Nobel Peace Laureate, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, for their contribution to the Global awareness against children exploitation.
TagorePrize is founded and launched with a strong vision to be a platform and a vehicle for promoting, inspiring and improving World Peace, Literature, Art and Education.
Congratulations and thank you for a splendid evening.
The whole event can be watched on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBkN-XaqQ3Y