Third CAC Lecture on Rabindranath Tagore

Third CAC Lecture on Rabindranath Tagore was held on May 08, 2019 at KSIT

About Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, born Robindronath Thakur, 7 May 1861 as the youngest of thirteen surviving children to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi. Also known by his sobriquets Gurudev, Kabiguru, and Biswakabi, he was a Bengali polymath, poet, musician, essayist, painter and artist from the Indian subcontinent. He reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of the "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse" of Gitanjali, he became in 1913 the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tagore's poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. He is sometimes referred to as "the Bard of Bengal".

Notable works are Gitanjali, Gora, Ghare-Baire, Jana Gana Mana, Rabindra Sangeet, Amar Shonar Bangla and others.

About the Speakers

Joy Kuri has a B.E. in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. After a year in the industry, he joined the M.E. program in the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science. He went on to receive a PhD from the same department at IISc in 1995. Subsequently, he spent two years at Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal, Canada and one and a half years in INRS-Telecommunications, University of Quebec, Canada as a Research Associate.

Since 1999 he has been with the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (formerly, “Centre for Electronics Design and Technology”), Indian Institute of Science, where he is currently Professor and Chair. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of modelling, analysis and control of communication networks and stochastic systems.

But why is he here today?

Half of Joy’s connection to Gurudev Rabindranath Thakur, as the Bengalis call Tagore, is through his Bengali blood and the environment of growing up in Kolkata. The other half is through his better half, Manjula who hails from Shantiniketan, the school and University started by Tagore in 1901. Manjula, a Chemistry graduate from Vishwa Bharati University, Shantiniketan did her PhD at IISc in Molecular Biology overlapping the years of stay with Joy. After obtaining her post- doctoral training from McGill University Montreal, Canada, Rennes, France and MIT Boston, USA, since 2001 she has been in several start-ups, finally launching a series of her own biotech companies. She is also a faculty member at the Mazumdar Shaw Medical Foundation, doing translational research in cancer with clinicians.

However, both Manjula and Joy still spend some hours on Sunday evenings teaching Bengali language and culture to the kids (and parents) of IISc through Bengali music. Naturally Rabindranath forms and influences a large part of the philosophy that the Kuri family believes in.

Joy will talk about Tagore, not the poet or Nobel laurate, but the institution in morsels of 10 years of Tagore’s life!

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