Essay Contest for Texas High School Seniors
HOUSTON: The Tagore Society of Houston, a non profit 501-C3 organization, invites 2011 Texas High School Seniors to its annual essay contest focused on the philosophy and works of the great Indian Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore. This year’s contest is especially important as it commemorates the 150th Birth Anniversary of Tagore.
How to Apply:
Contestants will review a famous quote from Tagore and write an essay based on its relevance to current times and how it can help today’s society. The primary objective of this contest is to promote “borderless thinking” and the enduring insights from one of the world’s greatest poets as our seniors step out onto their own world stage.
The Essay Topic and submission instructions can be downloaded from www.tagoresociety.org.
Submission Deadline is April 24 , 12 midnight. All submissions will be on-line through the website. Winners will be notified latest by May 22 . The Award ceremony date, place and time will be announced later.
Three prizes will be awarded in the following amounts: $1,000 for the best submission, and two runner up prizes worth $500 each. All 3 winners will be given Certificates of Achievement.
• High school seniors of good standing currently attending school in the United States
• Children/Relatives of Tagore Society of Houston Executive body and Advisors are NOT eligible to apply.
• Scholarships are conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university
The Judges Panel consists of the following eminent persons:
Mrs. Andrea White (Author and wife of Houston’s ex-Mayor Bill White), Mrs. Chitra Divakaruni (Author and UH professor of Creative Writing), Mr. Pradeep Anand (Management Consultant and Author), Mr. Porus Cooper (Assistant National/Foreign Editor at Philadelphia Inquirer).
Rabindranath Tagore was a prodigious Poet, Playwright, Essayist, and Philosopher, who in 1913 became the first Asian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature based on a book of poems called the “Gitanjali”. During his life time he traveled to all continents promoting the ideal of a world without borders, life dedicated to service and unity of all existence. This year marks the 150th birth anniversary of the Tagore, an event being celebrated world wide in many countries. One of his famous quotes is :
“The tendency in modern civilization is to make the world uniform… Let the mind be universal. The individual should not be sacrificed.”
Review the above quote and write in 1000 words or less an essay based on its relevance to current times, what it may mean to you personally, and how it can help today’s society. Participants are strongly encouraged to refer to Tagore’s works for reference. The Essays however will be judged primarily on creativity, focus and language skills.
Instructions for Submission:
The essays must be typed using common word processing or text editing software such as MS Word and submitted as an e-mail attached file to firstname.lastname@example.org. The first page of the submittal should include the following the heading & submitter personal information:
Heading: TSH 2011 High School Seniors Tagore Essay Contest, Name of Student, e-mail of Student (if available), Contact number, Name of High School, Name of HS Principal, Contact info of HS Principal (Phone, email), Name of College to be attended.
All Information must be supplied. Please contact the essay sponsors if some information cannot be supplied.
For more information visit www.tagoresociety.org, or call Amit Banerjee 832 -768-7777, Marko Dutta at 832-326-8609, or Surajit Dasgupta at 281-610-4675