The Embassy of Sweden Celebrates the Centenary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize in Literature. He was not only first Indian to bring home the Nobel Prize but also the first non-European to be awarded one in Literature.
Tagore, now! begins on October 25-26 in Kolkata, with the following:
- Book release: ‘Tagore in Sweden – 1921 & 1926’, a book which captures Rabindranath Tagore’s two visits to Sweden, written by Swedish scholar Dr Olavi Hemmilä.
- The Embassy has also procured the original text of the Nomination for Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize from the Swedish Academy and will be on display.
- Nobel Memorial Wall (which commemorates the Indian Nobel Laureates) in the presence of General Manager of Metro Railways Kolkata, Mr Radhe Shyam at the Esplanade Metro Station.The wall will be a permanent structure at the busiest station in Kolkata.Another two temporary walls will be fabricated at Gitanjali (his Nobel Prize-winning work) and Shyam Bazaar (closest to his home in Jorasanko) metro stations for a week. In addition, there will be track side branding at Rabindra Sarobar.
- Highpoint is of the Kolkata programme is Tagore, now!A panel discussion moderated by Tagore expert Dr Radha Chakravarty which aims to explore the relevance of the timeless poet, writer, philosopher in today’s day and age. Panelists include filmmaker Gautam Benegal, Swedish Tagore scholar Dr Olavi Hemmilä and academics Prof Sanjukta Das and Prof Anand Lal.This is followed by a theatre-installation ensemble by noted theatre person Parnab Mukherjee, who has created a special performance around Tagore’s Nobel acceptance speech especially for this occasion.
- Spark of Creativity WorkshopTobias Degsell, a curator and educationist from the Nobel Museum, will conduct Spark of Creativity workshops for young business professional and teaches them how to be more creative, come up with new ideas and how to become better problem solvers.
Tagore, now! continues in New Delhi on Nov 8 at the Amphitheatre at India Habitat Centre at 1900.
This also marks the opening of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2013.
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In September and October preliminary rounds were held in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Pune. The teams that made it through to the grand finale, which will be held in Delhi on November 16, are:
ITM University, IIT Madras, IIT Madras, Osmania Medical College, IIT Kharagpur, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Sinhgad College of Engineering
The Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Quiz brings together quizzers from esteemed colleges and technical Institutes for an Inter-Collegiate Quiz in a battle where minds prevail over muscles. Quiz master is the quizzing icon, Mr. Adittya Nath Mubayi.
At stake is an all-expenses paid trip to Sweden with special visits to some of the Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week partner companies, as well as chances for internships with these prestigious companies.
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The Spark of Creativity is a workshop for business professionals. The workshop is divided into three main parts.
In the first part, we focus on the individual. What characteristics are important to become more creative? How important is for example accuracy, courage and vision?
In the second part we focus on group processes. Many Nobel laureates have highlighted the importance of collaboration for their work. How can we make our collaboration more effective?
In the third and last part, we discuss the importance of the environment for creativity. How can it be that places like Cambridge have succeeded in producing so many Nobel Laureates? How can we make our own company better?
”The Spark of Creativity is given on a regular basis in Stockholm, Sweden. On special occasions the workshop is given abroad.
The workshop was conducted by Tobias Degsell – a curator and educationist at the Nobel Museum.
For two years now, the Embassy has been creating Nobel Memorial Walls which commemorate the Indian Nobel Laureates in collaborations with the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation.
The walls are fabricated at Rajiv Chowk – the station with the highest number of footfalls – as well as another station in the NCR region.
This year with the Embassy celebrating Tagore in the centenary of his Nobel Prize in Literature, the Walls in Delhi focus on the poet par excellence.
The Wall will be inaugurated jointly by Ambassador Harald Sandberg and the MD of DMRC
Do come see the Walls at Rajiv Chowk and at the HUDA City Centre between November 9-16, 2013.
In addition, for the first time ever, Kolkata also had three Nobel Memorial Walls. You can read more about it under Tagore, now!
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The Business Call to Action (BCtA) together with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce India (SCCI) and the United Nations Development Programme will be hosting a unique, high-level event on the Swedish-Indian inclusive business frontier. How can companies incorporate the fight of poverty and the struggle to reach the Millennium Development Goals in their business models?
The event features a Key Note address by Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and a panel discussion on how to achieve scale in inclusive business in India and how to meet challenges and opportunities with the new Companies Act 2013.
The panel discussion includes featured companies from the forefront of inclusive business from Sweden and India: IKEA, Ericsson, Tetra Pak, Waste Capital Partners.
The Nobel Memorial Dinner is a high-profile, sit-down, by invitation only dinner, hosted by the Ambassador at his residence. A number of dignitaries both from India and Sweden are present for this exclusive affair.
It is prepared by Nobel Chef Mark Phoenix who comes to India each year for this very reason. Guests are served the same menu as the past year’s Nobel Banquet.
This year is an exception when we replicate the menu of 1913 – the year when Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize.
The CEO Round Table and the Nobel Memorial Dinner are the highlights of the Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week.
The Round Table is a high-level discussion between some of the most influential decision makers in Indian academia, business and politics and their Swedish counterparts. The roundtable provides a platform for discussion on the role of innovation for economic growth and development and how India and Sweden can cooperate in this field. This year the discussion will focus on Sustainable Business.
On the occasion of the seventh edition of the Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week, the Embassy of Sweden, Government Offices of Sweden and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce India, in consultation with Ministry of Power Government of India, are hosting a seminar on the topic “Partnership for an Innovative and Sustainable Electricity Market” at Le Meridien, New Delhi, on Wednesday, 13th November between 10:00 AM – 13:30 hours.
There is an increased demand for energy in India. The energy sector has a key role in enabling sustainable development of society. Sweden, having a broad domestic and international experience of innovative and sustainable electricity market, intends to discuss in this seminar, how Sweden and India can mutually contribute in the field. The deliberations in the seminar are expected to contribute to knowledge exchange, share good practices and explore potential for collaboration in the sector between the two countries.
Mr. Harald Sandberg, Ambassador of Sweden to India will welcome the participants followed by the inaugural address by Mr. Daniel Johansson, State Secretary, Ministry of Enterprise, Government of Sweden and high level officials from the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
Key speakers from Central Electricity Regulation Commission, POSOCO, Swedish National Grid, Power Trading Corporation of India (PTC), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), ABB, Scania and Indian Energy Exchange will share their experiences of innovative business models and sustainable solutions for the electricity market.
The much-awaited Nobel Memorial Reception has always been spoken about long after it is over.
An interesting mix of food, music and entertainment, past years have witnessed performances by the Mamma Mia girls, Magician from Sweden, Neeraj Sridhar of Bombay Vikings, Sibel and Black Slade among others.