Jerusalem: In a rare honour to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary, a bronze bust of the Indian Nobel laureate will be unveiled at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem campus later this month.

This year also marks twenty years of Indo-Israel diplomatic ties. India had formally established relations with Israel in 1992.

The Tagore bust will be installed in the Joseph and Ceil Mazer garden of the prestigious university, near the Faculty of Humanities, which also houses the Asian Studies Department.

The bust (height 22",width 25" and depth 13.5"), has been sculpted by Ramkinkar Baij, a legendary figure in India's contemporary art field, and is being provided by India's Ministry of Culture which coordinated the celebrations around the globe related to Gurudev's 150th anniversary.

The pedestal of the bust, which is 5.15 feet high, has been chiseled out of local Israeli stone.

The unveiling is scheduled for June 25, during India's Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay's visit to Israel.
The Hebrew University had greats like Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud and Martin Buber among the first Board of Governors.

Tagore is also credited with the honour of being the only Indian after whom a street is named in Tel Aviv's centre of cultural activities.
A representative of Tel Aviv municipality told that they are also planning to unveil a statue of Tagore at one of the community centres located on Tagore street later this year.

'Stree', a collection of stories by the Indian Nobel laureate, has also been translated into Hebrew language.
The Hebrew edition, titled 'She', published by Sa'ar Publishing House in 2006 carries all the stories in the original Bengali version.


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