Merck has a historical connection with Rabindranath Tagore.
Merck, a leading science and technology company, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan India, the official cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany, presented Professor Dr. Ram Adhar Mall with the prestigious fifth Merck-Tagore Award during a celebratory event held at the Goethe-Institut /Max Mueller Bhavan in Bangalore, India.
A pioneer of Intercultural Philosophy, Professor Mall was recognized for his contribution to the intercultural exchange between India and Germany. Professor Mall is the Founder and President of the global "Society for Intercultural Philosophy" and serves as a co-editor for the publication "Studies on Intercultural Philosophy."
Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and the Family Board of E. Merck KG, handed over the award to Professor Ram Adhar Mall. Addressing the audience in Bangalore, Stangenberg-Haverkamp said, "The foundation of Merck’s success is scientific progress and technological innovation. These depend on curious minds – and on an open exchange of thoughts and ideas across borders and cultural boundaries. Literature and philosophy can be strong catalysts of exactly this. They let us see things from a different perspective. They can open the door to new ways of thinking and to a better understanding of our world. As challenges from climate change to diseases urgently require solutions on a global scale, intercultural dialogue has never been more important. In other words, Rabindranath Tagore's legacy is more relevant than ever today."
The jury of the fifth edition of the Merck-Tagore Award consisted of Achim Fabig, Consul General, Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai, Bjorn Ketels, Director, Goethe-Institut /Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, Sreenath Narayanaiah, Managing Director, Merck Life Science Pvt. Ltd. as well as Dr. Martin Kämpchen, the first recipient of the Merck-Tagore Award.
During his acceptance speech, which was about Rabindranath Tagore and Intercultural Philosophical Orientation, Dr Ram Adhar Mall proposed an intercultural philosophical orientation in curriculum, teaching, and research. He later added, "I am very happy that the work that I have done till now has received recognition and it got recognition in a way that is both German and Indian!"
Pratima Reddy, Country Speaker, Merck India added, "Curiosity plays a vital role in nurturing a scientific mindset, and the realms of art, culture, and literature act as catalysts, igniting and sustaining this curiosity. In line with our core values, Merck takes great pride in the Merck-Tagore Award, which celebrates accomplishments in the humanities. It is our distinct honour at Merck to bestow the award upon Professor Dr. Ram Adhar Mall, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to promoting intercultural exchange between India and Germany."
About Professor Dr. Ram Adhar Mall, Winner of the Merck-Tagore Award 2023
Hailing from Mumbai, India, Professor Dr. Ram Adhar Mall pursued his academic career in philosophy and the history of psychology of India and Europe. He has taught at several German universities and is currently dedicated to presenting a unique comparative survey of various philosophical systems. Professor Dr. Mall now lives in the Bonn, Germany area and continues to be active as a visiting professor. Among the works he has published are "Philosophy in Comparison of Cultures" and "Intercultural Philosophy - a New Orientation" (Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt, Germany, 1995) as well as "Hinduism - Its position in the diversity of religions" (Primus-Verlag, Darmstadt, Germany, 1997).
About the Merck-Tagore Award
The Merck-Tagore Award, sponsored by Merck India, and granted by the Goethe-Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan India, was introduced in 2012 to honour the life and work of Rabindranath Tagore. This award is one of four literary prizes sponsored and promoted by Merck on a global basis. It is granted to writers and scholars who have made a special contribution to cultural exchange between Germany and India.
Merck has a historical connection with Rabindranath Tagore. Within the Merck family, Elisabeth Wolff-Merck took on the task of translating Tagore's theatrical piece "Chitra" from English into German. Her husband, Kurt Wolff, played a pivotal role in publishing Tagore's works in Germany, contributing significantly to the poet's recognition and acclaim in this country.