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]

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Transit: 10 minute walk from Richmond-Brighouse station. 
How to Get to Gateway TheatreWatch this video 

For more information: vancouvertagoresociety@gmail.com



The West Coast Tagore Festival is a celebration of the 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, lectures, exhibits, etc. 

Admission by Donation/Pay-It-Forward.
You are most cordially invited along with your families, friends and acquaintances to attend. 

​We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the City of Richmond, BC Arts Council and the Richmond Gateway Theatre Society Endowment Fund. 

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Program Schedule

Friday, August 11, 2017
Studio B, Gateway Theatre
6:00 – 8:15 
Hosted by Bernice Lever and Duke Ashrafuzzaman
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Main Stage, Gateway Theatre
6:00 – 8:20 
Hosted by Kasturi Guha and Duke Ashrafuzzaman

5:00 PM – Stalls in the Main Lobby until 5:45 PM
  • Tagore Songs: “Ebar Tor Mora Gange Baan Eseche” & “Amar Nai Ba Holo Pare Jaoa”
    by Students of Vancouver Tagore Society Workshop Series: 
    ​♦ Keka Sengupta ♦ Suranjana Hoque  
    ♦ Deboeeta Chatterjee ♦ Devraj Chakraborty
    ♦  Panna Biswas ♦ Aditi Bhuiyan ♦  Ridhi Bhuiyan 
    ♦  Sazid Hasan ♦  Newma Barua
    with Keka Sengupta (Harmonium)
    ​and Tapas Biswas (Tabla)
  • Welcome Speech by Dr. Tirthankar Bose, Director, Vancouver Tagore Society
  • World Poetry Presents
    • Poem “Tribute to Gandhi & Tagore” of Ariadne Sawyer by Ariadne Sawyer
    • Woven Tapestry of Words on Tagore Poem “Journey Home”
      ♦ Bengali version “অনেক কালের যাত্রা আমার” read by Dr. Mandakranta Bose
                      ♦ English version “Journey Home”
                        read by Herb Bryce

                      ♦ Lozan Yamolky (Kurdish & Arabic)
                      ♦ Sophia Zhang (Mandarin)

                      ♦ Anupma Garg (Hindi)
                      ♦ Bong Ja Ahn (Korean)
Ariadne Sawyer (Spanish)
                      ♦ Anita Aguirre Nieveras (Tagalog)
  • Songs of Kabir “Hirna Samajh Bujh” & “Jhini Jhini Bini Chadariya” by Akhil Jobanputra with Hriday Buddhdev (Tabla)
  • Group Dance with Tagore Song “Gram-chhara Oi Ranga Mateer Poth”  by Students of Vancouver Tagore Society Workshop Series:
    ♦ Newma Barua ♦ Panna Biswas  ♦ Aditi Molly Datta ♦ Aditi Bhuiyan ♦ Ridhi Bhuiyan ♦ Ruthmila Kashem Ayoshee  Anamika Dutta Proma ♦ Rehana Akhter Shathi ♦ Gulshan Ara Shipu ♦ Nazifa Nawal ♦ Nefertiti Noshin
  • ​Baul Songs of Lalon Fakir “Ami Opar Hoye” and “Dekh Na Mon Jhak Mari” by Navida Ikram withTapas Biswas (Tabla), Mahbubur Rahman Moyna (Khomok) and Sabuj Majumdar (Guitar)
                    Stalls in the Main Lobby until 7:30 PM
7:35 PM – PART FOUR: Amol (Pure)
A musical theatre presented by Vancouver Tagore Society. 
The story revolves around an orphan boy named Amol, based on the character in Tagore’s drama ‘Post-office’. 
When we see the world through his eyes, we see the omnipresent baul entity- in the clouds, in the flock of cranes, in the wind, in the rain, in the bees, and in an innocent mind.
Script and Direction:
     Sabuj Mazumder, Avik Dey, and Shankhanaad Mallick
     ♦ Dr. Shankhanaad Mallick ♦ Keka Sengupta
     ♦ Avik Ranjan Dey ♦ Suranjana Hoque
     ♦ Mahbubur Rahman Moyna
Dancers (in order of appearance):
     ♦ Amol: Rishita Biswas
     ♦ Herons: Ruthmila Kashem Ayoshee, Nazifa Nawal
     ♦ Clouds and Rain: Anamika Datta Proma
                                         Nefertiti Noshin
     ♦ Bees: Onthona Islam, Erisha Rahman, Ankita Dutta
     ♦ Dairy Man: Arno Kamolika
     ♦ Bauls: Anuradha Mitra, Atashi Bhuiyan,
                     Nishita Malik, Neelima Malik
     ♦ Fireflies: Aditi Bhuiyan , Ridhi Bhuiyan
     ♦ Amol: Avik Ranjan Dey
     ♦ Amol’s Sister: Paulami Das
     ♦ Dairy Man: Sazid Hasan
     ♦ Baul/Fakir: Zeenat Zahan Anita
♦ Sabuj Mazumder– Guitar
♦ Keka Sengupta – Harmonium
♦ Tapas Biswas – Tabla
​♦ Mahbubur Rahman Moyna – Khomo
Production Crew
                    Artist:    Sujan Chowdhury
Graphics Design:    Marchin Jahangir
Videographer:    Raymond Kam
Photographer: Prajit Biswas

​Coordinator:  Ayan Sarkar