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Tagore statue unveiled in Cuba

A statue of the literary genius was unveiled in Havana to commemorate his 146th birth anniversary on May 7.

art and culture Updated: May 09, 2007 15:15 IST

Indian Ambassador to Cuba Mitra Vasisht called the famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore "an icon of humankind," during the unveiling of his statue to commemorate his 146th birth anniversary in Havana.

Havana University historian Eusebio Leal described Tagore work as deathless.

"His words and poetry sound like new each and every day," said Leal Monday, who mused on the link of lyrics and philosophy of Tagore's works.

Tagore (1861-1941), a 1913 Nobel laureate in literature, is the most celebrated representative of modern Indian literature, according to historians of literature.

Among his best-known work is his Nobel prize winning "Gitanjali" (Offerings in Songs), which the author himself translated into English. Its profound spiritual content and the spontaneity of expression won Tagore his place in the world of literature.