Dream of Tagore Grove & Tagore Statue and Path forward
Tagore Society of Houston (TSH) welcomed all Houstonians to the Unveiling Ceremony of the statue of Rabindranath Tagore at Tagore Grove, Ray Miller Park on Friday, September 13th at 7:00 PM. This momentous occasion is a landmark in supporting TSH’s ongoing efforts to spread the vision and the message of the great Indian literary icon and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore, the first Nobel Laureate from Asia.
Tagore Society of Houston, inspired by Ex-President Ruma Acharya(Deysarkar), visualized a memorial for Tagore right in the heart of Texas in the city of Houston – a Texan city with a diverse international flavor. Houston has been named the most ethnically diverse city of United States; as a magazine article put it - “In Houston, America's Diverse Future Has Already Arrived”.
A Memorial for Tagore is very appropriate for this international city.Tagore’s compositions celebrate the joy of living also and love towards every human being. He was a social reformer, patriot and above all, a great humanitarian and philosopher with visions of globalism of mankind during a time when the world was engulfed in 2 global wars in the first half of last century.
After sustained efforts by Ruma Acharya, the Honorable Commissioner of Harris County, Pct. 3, Steve Radack approved to erect a full figure (6’4”) bronze statue at the northwest corner of the Ray Miller Park of Harris County. Ray Miller Park is located at the south side of the intersection of Eldridge and Briar Forest Road in Houston, Texas.
TSH members put together an effort to build a grove with flowering plants, shrubs and trees to create a natural setting which Tagore envisioned as the route to environmental education and sustainable living based on preserving nature.
The statue sits inside a fenced enclosure with an arbor with flowering vine behind the statue. The fenced enclosure is surrounded by newly planted rose bushes as well as three Weeping Willow trees and several Gem Magnolia trees . The bronze statue was designed and built under the guidance of a renowned sculptor at the Calcutta Government Art College. It was shipped from India in early September to be in Houston for the ceremony on September 13th. This project was funded by PFP Inc and Techno-India and many patrons of TSH and we thank them for their generosity.
The concept of Tagore Grove was inspired by Tagore Society’s mission to advance Rabindranath Tagore’s vision for a “Borderless World” and “Universalism”.Tagore Grove will be a place epitomizing peace and an ambience conducive to introspection for the entire Houston community including the international community and all visitors to Houston. This landmark monument will be a symbol of Houston’s commitment to promoting international peace and harmony across different religions and culture, as envisioned by Rabindranath Tagore.