On 7 July 2011 in the heart of London, HRH The Prince of Wales unveiled a bust of India’s greatest artist Rabindranath Tagore in Gordon Square to celebrate the poet’s 150th Birth Anniversary.
The Tagore Centre UK organised the campaign to install the bust and raised funds via an appeal. Kalyan Kundu, founder and chairperson of The Tagore Centre UK said he was unsure whether the Centre, struggling for funds, had a secure future, but the Tagore memorial – a symbol of peace – was being left behind as a legacy for future generations.
The bust was sculpted by the artist Shenda Armery who has previously made ones of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former House of Commons Speaker Baroness Betty Boothroyd.
The ceremony was simple but moving and was set amongst the greenery of Gordon Square. Even the downpour of the morning rain had stopped and the sun emerged as Prince Charles arrived and was greeted with applause from a large gathering of distinguished guests and friends.