“We come nearest to the great, when we are in great humility”
-- Tagore

“We come nearest to the great, when we are in great humility” -- Tagore

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy, I awoke and saw that life was service, I acted and behold service was joy” --Tagore

“Faith is the bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark” --Tagore

“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence” --Tagore

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it” -- Tagore

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Tagore Center Foundation is shaped by the concept of a borderless, universal human unity as envisioned by the Asian Poet Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Its focus is to bring awareness and implement the inspirational global vision and ideals of Rabindranath Tagore with regard to art, literature, philosophy, education, global socialization, understanding of diversity and empowerment to a broader international audience. The goal is to encourage and facilitate the concept of universalism as a way of life that can harmoniously draw together diverse cultures, traditions and identities in terms of a cohesive vision of a human community. “We are more similar than we are different.”

With this vision in focus, Tagore Center is under construction as a physical location for the organization. Tagore Center would enable the organization’s goal of reaching out to the broader international community in Houston and surrounding areas in order to promote and familiarize them with Tagore’s vision of universality through seamless exchanges and discourses in art, literature, culture, education, philosophy and social ideas.

  • ChatimTala – A peaceful garden: In the center of the Tagore Center complex will be a peaceful garden anchored by a large shady tree. It will symbolize Tagore’s concept of man’s unity with nature, designed to be a place for relaxation, peaceful contemplation, introspection and meditation.
  • The Visual Arts Center would house a permanent collection of Tagore’s paintings and would be the center of annual/biannual art festivals, promoting local artists as well as well as those from other parts of the country and around the world sharing Tagore’s vision and philosophy about life and love in a borderless society spanning the globe
  • The Performing Arts Center and Open Air Theater would be state of the art for concerts, seminars and literary festivals, enabling Tagore Center to truly embrace and expand Tagore’s vision of a world where every “human head is held high and  free of fear”
  • Early learning centers will introduce universalism in thoughts, ideas and attitudes from early on in children’s educational curriculums
  • Adult education and discourse center will function to encourage openness and acceptance of diversity and the concept of Convergence of Knowledge
  • Fairgrounds-The open Fairgrounds will provide an open space for festive occasions, Fairs,and Bazaars like the annual Arts And Crafts Fair, Book Fair, International Food Festival

Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) is iconized by Indians as a poet and writer and recognized around the world as the first non-European to be awarded a Nobel Prize for literature. The variety, quality and quantity of his volume of works rightly identified him as a Renaissance man.

Tagore wrote over two thousand poems; eight volumes of short stories; over two dozen plays; eight novels; and many books and essays on philosophy, religion, education and social topics. He composed more than two thousand songs, both the music and lyrics. Two of them became the national anthems of India and Bangladesh.

Tagore’s writing is deeply rooted in both Indian and Western learning traditions. Apart from fiction, it included portrayals of common people’s lives, literary criticism, philosophy, and social issues. Tagore originally wrote in Bengali, but later reached a broad audience in the West after translating his writings in English. To the West, his poetry conveyed the peace of the soul in harmony with nature, and he became well known in different Western continents. His popularity took him across continents on lecture tours and tours of friendship.

Tagore began drawing and painting at the age of sixty-three with no formal training. He has left behind nearly 2500 paintings and drawings, all done in the last fifteen years of his life and created a body of work that made him one of South Asia’s great modern painters

Tagore Center, with its vision to propagate Tagore’s concept of universalism is well situated for this international city of Houston. 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.


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