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Tagore Foundation International is a nonprofit organization devoted to intercultural dialogue based in New York City. It is committed to arts education and the promotion of social, spiritual and aesthetic dialogues between Asia and the West.


The ideals of Tagore Foundation International were inspired by and are deeply enmeshed with the ideals of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), whose poetry, fiction, music and art have touched the lives of people all over the world. Tagore’s ideals of humanity’s greater good are embodied in the following: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service is joy.” These values are part of the Tagore family legacy.


Rabindranath Tagore worked tirelessly throughout his life encouraging his fellow man to break free from “narrow domestic walls” through social justice and a universalism that merged the best ideals of East and West. His well-known dialogues with other great thinkers of his era, including Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Romain Rolland and W.B. Yeats, centered on universalism and the fundamental dignity of human existence. In 1913, he was first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.


Inspired by this heritage, support for education is a major component of the foundation’s activities. The foundation has provided scholarships for students in India and Mozambique and a permanent scholarship fund at the College of Wooster, Ohio in the United States for the education of disadvantaged young women. The foundation also actively organizes and sponsors cultural events in the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore that encourage intercultural dialogue.


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A bronze portrait of Rabindranath Tagore by Sir Jacob Epstein, conceived in 1926

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