“Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence?
I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds.
Open your doors and look abroad.
From your blossoming garden gather fragrant memories of the vanished flowers of an hundred years before.
In the joy of your heart may you feel the living joy that sang one spring morning, sending its glad voice across a hundred years. ”
Who was Tagore? Was he a poet or a scientist ? Writer, singer, philosopher or painter?
Were Tagore and Gandhi two sides of a coin that would bring the East and the West together? Tagore the multi visionary, who was all of the above and more, was celebrated and envisioned for our time by many talented and diverse scholars and artists like Mark Tully, Aditi Mangaldas, Sonal Mansingh, Andrew Motion, Tim Smit, Tony Juniper, Vandana Shiva, Jane Goodall, Michael Morpurgo, Wajahat Khan, Philip Franses, Dharambir Singh, Sangeeta Datta, Paban Das Baul and Mimlu Sen, Peter Randall-Page and many many more who came together to make this a week to remember for ever more.
This central theme of bringing together the Spirit of the East and the Science of the West lay at the heart of the Tagore Festival organised by Resurgence Editor, Satish Kumar and Earthlinks Trustee, Minni Jain at Dartington Hall, Devon in May 2011 to celebrate Tagore's 150th birth anniversary.