Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore 160. születésnapjára emlékezünk, 2021. május 5-én

Dear Exellency, Ambassador Kumar Tuhin,

Ms. Tanuja Shankar Director of Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Centre

and all invited guests!

My name’s Colonel Sándor PELLEK MD, Grand Prior of Hungary, the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lasarus of Jerusalem. I’m working in Hungarian Defence Forces, Military Hospital Budapest, as chief of Thoracic Surgery. 

The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lasarus of Jerusalem-Hungary is present in 42 countries and we turn interest to events that determine the values of nations and their significant personalities and we pay great attention to cultural events.

About 40 years ago I bought a book, in 1982 and read in the book about the famous Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore. „When the poet came to Hungary in 1926, he was forced to go to Balatonfüred.  Tagore was on a six-month lecture tour in Europe at the time, and he fell ill in Wienna. He  wanted to go home immediately, but the famous Wiennese heart specialist, Professor  Wenkebach, recommended that he travel to Budapest, where Professor Korányi would  examine him. The world-famous Hungarian doctor suggested that he come to Balatonfüred  for at least a short time, where he would be treated in the sanatorium.” 

I’ve been in India in 2018 (Golden Triangle), before the trip I found out about life of Rabindranath Tagore. Nowdays-as Grand Prior of Hungary-suprised that 2021, anniversary year. 160th anniversary of his birth and 80th anniversary of his death. It is also a transcendent engraving in numerology and a rare moment in poetry as well. 

I written a letter for Ambassador and I could meet in person with Ms. Tanuja Shankar Director of Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Centre.

Allow me to express my thaks on behalf of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lasarus of Jerusalem all its membres to support and help organize a cultural day that also strengthens the friendship the two poeople.

In 1926, Tagore visited Budapest for a poetry-reading convention and was taken ill. He was taken to the Balatonfured’s State Heart Hospital, where he spent a few weeks on his way to recovery. Hungary has not forgotten. When he arrived, the country was still reeling from the losses of World War I.

Rabindranath Tagore who had famously said this while visiting Hungary :   “I have seen almost all the countries of the world but I saw nowhere such a beautiful harmony of the sky and the water than that I had the privilege to enjoy on the shore of Balatonfured filling my soul with rapture.”

Tagore’s recovery at the Heart Sanatorium prompted him to plant a linden tree on Balatonfüred’s main promenade by the beach. He was said to have been motivated by an old Indian belief that if the tree takes root, its planter will live long enough to see the new sprouts. At the planting ceremony, he said: “I am planting this tree in resemblance of my stay here, for nowhere else I was given what I received here. It was more than hospitality. It was the awakening of the feelings of kinship. I sense that I have come to the land of a nation which is emotionally akin to India.” 

A Hungarian town gifted the bard of Bengal good health, heart and a home away from home.

Tagore written:

Break, break, oh break the prison house,

Strike at it hard yet harder,

How sweet the bird sings,

How abundantlypour forth the rays of the sun today.  

Törd, törd, ó, törd meg a börtönházát

Sztrájkoljon keményen, de még keményebben,

Milyen édes madár énekel,

Milyen bőségesen árasztja el ma a napsugarakat.

The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lasarus of Jerusalem, Hungarian Jurisdiction are happy to have attended this noble event an to support the excellent organisers.

Budapest, 2021. 05. 05.

                                                                                   Colonel Sándor PELLEK MD, PhD, KLJ

                                                                                              Grand Prior of Hungary