Category Archives: Text

Another Asia, by Rustom Bharucha

Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshi
Oxford, India.

“Set against a panoramic background of inter-Asian cultural politics, and drawing on the intersections of the late Meiji period in Japan and the Swadeshi movement in Bengal, Another Asia elaborates on the ideals of Asia catalyzed by the meeting of Rabindranath Tagore and the Japanese art historian and curator Okakura Tenshin in Calcutta in 1902. The book weaves through an intricate tapestry of ideas relating to pan-Asianism, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and friendship, and positions the early modernist tensions of the period within-and against-the spectre of a unified Asia that concealed considerable political differences. The book draws on pan-Asian works such as The Ideals of the East and The Awakening of the East, in counterpoint to Tagore’s radical Nationalism. The book, offering new insights into the ways in which the Orient travelled within and beyond Asia stimulated by emergent modes of vernacular cosmopolitanism, will appeal to students and scholars of cultural studies, South Asian postcolonial literature, literary theory, and performance studies, as well as general readers.”

The Post Office by Tagore

The Post Office – a play by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), shared by Natasha Ginwala at the first workshop, Iniva, London 2013.

The Post Office arrived as a text that offers an allegorical construction of the rural subject, and one that might have an interesting relationship to the broader projects of Tagore, at Santiniketan as well as Sriniketan. (Vivian Ziherl, Landings, workshop 3, Tagore Centre, London)

The Post Office 1916 play by Tagore [PDF]

[Translated from Bengali to English by Devabrata Mukherjee]
Publisher, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1914.
Not in copyright.

Dakghar play, by  Kalakshetra Manipur, directed by H Kanhailal, 2009

Dakghar, by Kalakshetra Manipur, directed by H Kanhailal, 2009