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Sundaram Tagore’s TRAVEL BLACK BOOK

Meeting the who's who in Venice

Apart from history, crafts and palazzos, the floating city is also a good place to people-watch at events like the Venice Biennale

Published on Apr 21, 2014 3:28 PM
Mr Sundaram Tagore, owner and director of Sundaram Tagore Galleries, visits Venice twice a year and loves the seafood there. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Who: Mr Sundaram Tagore, 52, owner and director of Sundaram Tagore Galleries in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York City. The American, who was born in Calcutta, is the great-grandnephew of Nobel Prize- winning Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Favourite city: Venice

Why: I lived there for a year in 1989 and since then, I have been back at least twice a year. It's a historically- rich city, which became the greatest centre of commerce from the Mediaeval to the Renaissance period, and then became known for ship-building and arms manufacture in the 17th century.

Because of all the commerce, the great artists, sculptors and architects of the time flocked there, wanting to get commissioned to work on the churches and buildings. Almost everywhere you look there is a bit of history.

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