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Tagore centre in Guyana

Rabindranath Tagore Resource Centre opens in Georgetown, Guyana.

November 9, 2006

Guyana will now have an Indian connection. With the opening of a Rabindranath Tagore Resource Centre in Georgetown, Guyana can look forward to India joint efforts in education and cultural research by roping in more participation from academic institutions in India.

The Rabindranath Tagore Resource Centre was inaugurated at the University of Guyana's Turkeyen campus by Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. Guyana, which is a cultural melting point of people from India, Africa, China and the native Amerindians, is home to over 325,000 ethnic Indians.

Aimed at being a meeting point between the minds and intellects of out countries, the new centre will undertake research in Indian culture and tradition in Guyana. The centre is also expected to reflect Tagore’s ideals of universal brotherhood and humanism.

In the first phase, India has provided the centre with 100 DVDs and 700 books to the centre with the assurance that the collection will be regularly updated. The centre will be a resource base for Indian culture and tradition.

Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat on his visit to Guyana also inaugurated a cricket stadium to be used for the 2007 cricket world cup scheduled for next year.

The vice-president also went around the Indian Immigration Monument in Georgetown. Known as the Promenade Gardens, the monument depicts a ship of the 19th and early 20th centuries that had brought Indians to work as indentured labour in the sugarcane fields in Georgetown, which is a poignant reminder to the Indo-Guyanese of their ancestors.

He also visited the Umana Yana, a conical palm thatched hut erected for the Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers Conference in Guyana in August 1972 as a VIP Lounge and recreation centre. The hut gets its name from the South American Wai Wai tribe's name for a meeting place.


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