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Dr. Sandip Tagore is an eminent academician, scholar, musician, artist and cultural figure, who has lived in Japan for nearly 60 years. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Otemon Gakuin University. He hails from the original (Adibari) House and Temple of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore family of Pathuriaghata, Kolkata. He arrived in Japan in 1957 as a student and later taught at Otani Women’s University, Osaka (1965-1970), Otemon Gakuin University, Osaka (1970- 2003) and taught sitar and vocals at Osaka College of Music, Osaka (1980-1999). He was instrumental in starting the oldest student exchange programme between Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan and Gujarat University, India, which has run uninterrupted for 45 years. Hon’ble Prime Minister, as the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, visited Otemon Gakuin University in 2007.
Dr. Tagore is an accomplished musician, having performed sitar and vocals at various music festivals, concerts and television in Japan. He has also held nine exhibitions of his portraits and landscape paintings in Japan. He was commissioned by the Japanese Government in 1993 to paint a 10 meter mural and it is displayed at the Kobe Government Seminar House. He founded the Indian Culture Centre, Osaka. He is presently President of Asia-21, Library and Cultural Centre, Osaka, which promotes network of libraries in Asia, fosters understanding of different cultures and work towards enhancing international understanding.