Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature exactly 100 years ago. Yet his words are more true today than ever:
“… Where the mind is led forward by thee into
ever-widening thought and action –
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father,
let my country awake.”
Indiaspora’s inaugural Forum brought together many attendees – myself included – to envision the vast potential for collaboration to drive positive change around the world. This year when founder MR Rangasami approached me about creating a video which would encapsulate this opportunity, I gladly said yes.
I reached out to multidisciplinary artist Raghava KK and composer Reena Esmail who had also attended Indiaspora. Both enthusiastically joined the team. With inspiration and advice from professor Sheena Iyengar, Dean Srinivas Aravamudan and MR, the creative process began.
Our collaboration was truly “Indiasporic:” We communicated with each other in locations across the world via Skype, email, phone and DropBox to compress the distance between us.
Though we all came from different disciplines, we found common ground in our individual quests to explore the universality of human experience and find creative ways to engage people.
We hope the resulting one-minute video https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=441118969332707&set=vb.386258244818780&type=2&theater
distills the essence of Indiaspora in an exciting new way for its members. You will love Reena’s gorgeous and dazzling musical composition. Raghava’s magical artwork will certainly brighten your day.
During my research, I realized that 2013 marks the centennial year of Tagore’s Nobel Prize award. Given the United Nation’s recent tribute to him as as a messenger of peace and tolerance, Tagore’s words from the past can help shape the trajectory of Indiaspora’s future initiatives.
I hope the beauty of collaborating with such talented individuals speaks for itself in the final product. Enjoy. And let us know how you feel!