Previous Events

Shyama
A Bharatnatyam Dance Theatre

This dance theatre piece is a tribute to the first non-European Nobel-laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore and his magically visual poetry and music of love. The romantic tragedy of Tagore is based on the story of Shyama, a powerful royal court dancer. Shyama falls in love with a foreign merchant who is falsely imprisoned by the King’s guard. The story slowly unfolds as Shyama travels great lengths to save her love from unjust execution. Dance artist Arno Kamolika has been collaborating with choreographer Jai Govinda, musician Shankhanaad Mallick and with director Rohit Chokhani for over three years on this production, and Diwali in BC will debut their most current version of this poetic, deep philosophical story that will be performed on stage by an all-female cast, Bharatanatyam dancers based in BC - Vidya Kotamraju, GrihaLakshmi Soundarapandian, Malavika Santhosh and Jayalakshmi Ravindra.
This production is presented by Raghupriya Arts and Culture Society and co-presented with Vancouver Tagore Society and in community partnership with Mandala Arts and Culture Society with support from BC Arts Council.
Picked and featured as a part of the Georgia Straight Fall Arts Preview. Read more here: www.straight.com/arts/1135031/fall-arts-preview-2018-arno-kamolikas-bharata-natyam-journey-takes-her-bangladesh-bc

Saturday, September 8
6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

West Coast Tagore Festival is a free, annual multicultural celebration where poets, scholars, and performing artists present music, dance, poetry, lectures, exhibits, etc. that are inspired by the enormous and versatile work of Asian cultural icon, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. 
Light refreshments will be provided. 

The event is funded in part by cultural project grants from the City of Richmond and BC Arts Council.

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Tagore Spring Festival 2018

Saturday, May 19th, 2018
7:00 – 9:30pm

Centre Stage, Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue Surrey, BC, V3T 1V8

A multicultural celebration of Spring through dance, music and poetry, inspired by Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s idea of “Confluence of Cultures” and his own passion for celebrating the different seasons. The program will have groups and individual artists from different backgrounds, in cultural presentations highlighting their ethnic cultures and heritages. Attendees are guaranteed to discover hidden gems in local performers and experience cultures in entirely new ways. Admission by Donation/Pay-It-Forward. Light refreshments provided.
Tagore Spring Festival 2017
Surrey Councils Chambers, Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue Surrey, BC, V3T 1V

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

6:30 – 10:00 pm​
A multicultural celebration of Spring through dance, music and poetry, inspired by Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s idea of “Confluence of Cultures.” The program featured local groups and individual artists from many different backgrounds, in cultural presentations highlighting their ethnic cultures and heritages. Admission by Donation/Pay-It-Forward. Light refreshments provided.

West Coast Tagore Festival 2017

Friday, August 11th, 2017
​6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

​Saturday, August 12th, 2017
Stalls and Exhibits: 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm & 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Performances: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Gateway Theatre

6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, British Columbia V7C3V4  [Google Map]
1855 West Mall, Vancouver

The West Coast Tagore Festival is a celebration of the life and work of Nobel-laureate poet and world cultural icon, Rabindranath Tagore. The Festival is now in its seventh year. Reputed scholars, multicultural poets and talented performing artists will present works of Tagore, through music, dance, poetry, lectures, exhibits, etc. 

Another Tagore
​The Campaigner for Peasant Emancipation in Bengal

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
4:00 – 6: 00 pm

R0om 120, Institute of Asian Research
C.K. Choi Building, UBC
1855 West Mall, Vancouver
This seminar by Professor Atiur Rahman (University of Dhaka) presents Rabindranath Tagore as a social scientist with a deep urge for reforming the peasantry so that they are not ‘left behind’. His farsighted ideas of rural transformation has significant relevance towards achieving sustainable development goals broadly agreed by the global community, which too center around the long- term aspirations of the people and the protection of the planet.

The entire event is free, including light refreshments. The seminar will be followed by a selection of songs by Tagore, presented by the Vancouver Tagore Society.

West Coast Tagore Festival 2016

The West Coast Tagore Festival is a free cultural event in its sixth year
with support from the City of Surrey.
Friday, September 9th, 2016
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Poetry Evening

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

12:00 – 4:00 pm
Cultural performances featuring music, dance, poetry, storytelling, and more!
Richmond Cultural Centre,
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9

Tagore Spring Festival 2016

Saturday, May  21st, 2016
7:30 -10:00 pm​
Surrey Councils Chambers, Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue Surrey, BC, V3T 1V8

Multicultural celebration of Spring through dance, music and poetry, inspired by Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s idea of Confluence of Cultures and his passion for festive exaltation of different seasons.
With Cultural Project Assistance from the City of Surrey.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1774527369435438/

West Coast Tagore Festival 2015

Sunday, December 20th, 2015
12:00 – 5:00 pm
Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, British Columbia V6Y1Z5

Shyama

​​Saturday, October 10th, 2015
7:30 -9:45 pm
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2W3

Vancouver Tagore Society, in partnership with Mandala Arts & Culture Society, presents a Bharata-Natyam interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore’s epic dance drama ‘Shyama’. Choreographed by Jai Govinda, the artistic director of Mandala Arts and Culture, and performed by his disciple Arno Kamolika. All the songs of this production are sung by Shankhanaad Mallick and Suranjana Hoque.  

Tagore at BC Culture Days
Traditional India Series

Friday, September 25th, 2015
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Galleria of Port Moody, Inlet Theatre

100 Newport Drive, Port Moody, BC V3H 5C3
The Tagore Society will participate in the Traditional India Series as part of BC Culture Days. Various other groups will participate alongside us in the series.

West Coast Tagore Festival 2014

Friday, September 5th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 6th from 12:00 – 4:30 pm
Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9
The West Coast Tagore Festival 2014 is a 2-day celebration of life and work of Nobel-laureate poet and World cultural icon, Rabindranath Tagore. Reputed scholars, multicultural poets and talented performing artists will present works of Tagore, through music, dance, poetry, mini-play, video presentations, lectures, exhibits, etc. 

Admission is free. Donations are happily and gratefully accepted.

বৈকালিক – An Afternoon of Bengali Poetry – 2014

Saturday, May 17 from 2:15 – 4:30 pm
Rooftop Garden, Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9

Boikalik – This year’s ‘An Afternoon of Bengali Poetry’ presented an anthology of Bengali poetry – themed on the people and environment of Bengal – in a culturally entertaining way, with each poem recitation accompanied by singing, instrumental music, dance or expressive acting. The poems were performed in original Bengali followed by a translation in a different language (non-English).

This event is also our signature collaboration with the Asian Heritage Month Society.

 

 

 

 
Saturday, May 17, 2012, 10:30AM-4:30PM
 

 
Rooftop Garden, Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, British Columbia V6Y1Z5
 
This year’s ‘Boikalik – An Afternoon of Bengali Poetry,’ will present an anthology of Bengali poetry – themed on the people and environment of Bengal – in a culturally entertaining way, with each poem recitation accompanied by singing, instrumental music, dance or expressive acting. The poems will be performed in original Bengali followed by a translation in a different language (non-English).
 

Tagore and Empowerment of Women

Saturday, March 08, 2014
1:00 – 5:00 pm
City of Richmond Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall
6911 No 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6Y 2C1
Come celebrate International Women’s Day with a free screening of Ghare-Baire (Home and The World), a Satyajit Ray movie based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel, and presentation and discussion on Tagore’s work and thoughts on empowerment of women. See below for details.

West Coast Tagore Festival 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, September 14, 2013,  10:30 – 4:30 pm
Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, British Columbia V6Y1Z5
The Vancouver Tagore Society’s signature event, and the third annual festival celebrating work and life of Nobel-laureate Bengali poet and World cultural icon, Rabindranath Tagore. The Festival is organized by Vancouver Tagore Society and is generously supported by the City of Richmond.


          Presentation of:
  • Poems on Tagore by World Poetry poets
  • Tagore’s poems and readings from his works
  • Tagore’s poems, music and dance by the child artists from the community.
  • Tagore music and songs by Sabuj Mazumder, Shankhanaad Mallick, Amlan Das Gupta, Aparajita Chowdhury, Avik Dey, Avinanda Mukerji, Rafia Mahzabin, Duke Ashrafuzzaman, Monish Chakraborti and others.
  • Dances by Shaily Gupta, Soumyee Gupta, Keya Ghosh, Fayeza Islam, Maisha Haque, Anuradha Mitra, Selene Bertelsen and others.
  • Much, much more!

West Coast Tagore Festival 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10:30 – 4:30 pm
Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, British Columbia V6Y1Z5
The Vancouver Tagore Society’s signature event, and the second annual festival celebrating work and life of Nobel-laureate Bengali poet and World cultural icon, Rabindranath Tagore. A day-long celebration of his work and life.


          Presentation of:
  • Poems on Tagore by World Poetry poets
  • Slideshow of Tagore’s paintings
  • Tagore’s poems and readings from his works
  • Tagore’s poems, music and dance by the child artists from the community.
  • Tagore music and songs and dances
  • Much, much more!

বৈকালিক – An Afternoon of Bengali Poetry – 2012

Saturday, July 28, 2012, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Rooftop Garden, Richmond Cultural Centre,
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9
Boikalik – ‘An Afternoon of Bengali Poetry’ presented an anthology of Bengali poetry in a culturally entertaining way, with each poem recitation accompanied by singing, instrumental music, dance or expressive acting. The poems were performed in original Bengali followed by a translation in a different language (non-English).
 
Saturday, July 28, 2012, 1:30-4:00PM
 

 
Rooftop Garden, Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, British Columbia V6Y1Z5
 
Boikalik, An Afternoon of Bengali Poetry,’ presented an anthology of Bengali poetry in a culturally entertaining way, with each poem recitation accompanied by singing, instrumental music, dance or expressive acting. The poems were performed in original Bengali followed by a translation in a different language (non-English).

150 Years of Tagore! – West Coast Tagore Festival 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011, 11:00 – 5:00 pm
Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, British Columbia V6Y1Z5
The VTS’s first Tagore festival celebrated Rabindranath’s 150th birth anniversary, featuring an abundance of poetry, songs, dances, presentations and lectures on the work and life of Nobel-laureate Bengali poet and World cultural icon.