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INDIA & OTHER POEMS – By Kim Yang – Shik

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The Bust of ‘Gurudeb’ Tagore of India adorns Jongno District in Seoul



Even years before Korea was to throw off the yoke of foreign occupation, a literary genius and a champion of human freedom and dignity, Rabindranath Tagore from India, prophesied in his famous poem ‘The Lamp of the East’ written in 1929 that it would not be long before Korea rises again like a Star among the comity of nations. As India celebrates 2011 as the 150th Birth Anniversary of this great poet, the Republic of Korea partakes in India’s joy by installing his bronze bust in Dehangro, the cultural heart of Seoul. The approximately four feet high metal masterpiece, exquisitely carved by the renowned master sculptor from India, Gautam Pal, has been gifted to Korea by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India, and the people of India. LAMP OF THE EAST
“In the golden age of Asia 
Korea was one of its lamp bearers, 
And that lamp is waiting 
To be lighted once again 
For the illumination of the E…