Tagore Meets Einstein. A Panel Discussion (Sunday, March 23rd 7 pm)
Kolkata, Science City, Pavilion
One of two public events organised by Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA) during the DWIH’s Excellence on Tour, was the Panel Discussion on “Tagore Meets Einstein”. This event aimed at paying tribute to two prominent thinkers of the 20th century, epitomising a most fruitful encounter between Indian and German celebrities. Rabindranath Tagore and Albert Einstein, the two cult figures of the 20th century in the worlds of literature and science, met for the first time in 1926 in Düsseldorf, although no records exist of their conversations during this meeting. Conversations between the two icons took place during their second and third meetings in 1930 in Germany and have been recorded and published. The first conversation on the nature of reality took place on July 14th at Einstein’s residence in Kaputh and the second one on causality and music on August 19th at the residence of a common friend, Dr. Mendel. During the Panle Discussion, the three speakers have highlighted these two eminent characters, from their respective disciplinary angles. Prof. Dattagupta, Vice Chancellor of Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and Humboldt Fellow, has focussed on Einstein and his groundbreaking theory on Quantum Physics. Prof. Partha Ghose from the S.N. Bose Institute of Physics has elaborated on the first recorded encounter, where they had discussed Causality. This was followed by Romit Roy, Professor at Visva Bharati University, who elaborated the discussion on Music. The panel discussion will be moderated by Prof. Rekha Rajan (JNU, New Delhi and current Humboldt Ambassador). The Panel Discussion was followed by a lively discussion among the panelists and with the wider audience.
Posted on 02 Apr 2014