Beijing plans to construct Tagore gallery in Kolkata

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Acknowledging th-e lasting impression made by Rabindranath Tagore on Chinese poets and scholars, China is keen to construct a gallery in Kolkata to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate.
The Chinese interest in building a special gallery at Rabindra Bharathi in Kolkata, perhaps featuring highlights of his visit to China in 1920s, was conveyed to visiting President Pratibha Patil by her counterpart Hu Jintao during their meeting here on Thursday.
China wants to build the gallery to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore.
The Chinese gesture was seen as an effort to acknowledge the rapport Tagore established with the Chinese people during his visits to this country, especially to Shanghai, after which successive generations of Chinese scholars spent considerable time translating his works into their language.
President Patil, who would travel to Shanghai on Saturday, would unveil a bust of Tagore there on Sunday.

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Jane Austen manuscripts now on Web
London: For the first time, the hand-written fiction manuscripts of noted writer Jane Austen have been made publicly available on a website launched in collaboration with the University of Oxford.
Anyone with an interest in Jane Austen can now read the author’s rare manuscripts that have previously ever only been seen by a handful of scholars on www.Janeausten.Ac.Uk.
Led by Professor Kathryn Sutherland from the English faculty of the University of Oxford, the digitisation project is supported by a sophisticated technical infrastructure developed in collaboration with the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King’s College, London. —PTI

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