Rabindranath Tagore Painting exhibition at National Art Gallery

April 9th, 2012 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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The Last Harvest by Rabindranath Tagore

Got the email below from Novinthen, few weeks ago (yeah, that long!):

Dear all,

We are pleased to inform you that the National Visual Arts Gallery of Malaysia is hosting an exhibition of the original paintings of Rabindranath Tagore in Kuala Lumpur from 3rd April to 15th July 2012 in commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Asia’s first Nobel Laureate. Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.  He was also a prolific author and poet, composer of songs, philosopher, painter and noted educationist.  He was a leading figure in India’s fight for independence from British rule and takes his place along with Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru as a founder of modern India.

2.       Tagore travelled extensively during his life time (1861-1941).  He visited Malaya in  July and August 1927, travelling from Singapore through Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh, to Penang.  During his travels in Malaya he spoke at some of the iconic institutions including the St. Francis Institution in Melaka, the Town Hall and the Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur and the Chung Ling High School in Penang.  He laid the foundation stone of the Hu Yew Seah Chinese Society Hall at Jalan Madras in Penang which can be seen to this day.  Throughout his Asian tours, Tagore referred to the resurgence of Asian civilizations and expressed the conviction that Asia would rise again to prosperity and peace.

3. The paintings of Tagore have been drawn from collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi and the Viswabharati University in Shanti Niketan of which he is the founder.  His paintings are considered to be a part of India’s National Cultural Treasure.

4.       The Exhibition hosted by the National Visual Arts Gallery is titled ‘The Last Harvest’.

Refer here for details in Balai Seni Lukis Negara website:




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  1. RENEE TALALLA says:

    Delighted to know about this exhibition!! Will be there with friends to see this inspiring man’s work