Tag Archives: Africa


This is a collection of texts shared by the members of the Research Group

Notes from the first meeting, at Iniva, London November 2013
The Post Office by Rabindranath Tagore
Japan a Lecture by Rabindranath Tagore
Extracts from Old Letters by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore and Asian Universalism, by Sugata Bose
Another Asia, by Rustom Bharucha
The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
Notes from Workshop 2, Santiniketan, February 2014
Curating, Pedagogy – Some Thoughts for Santiniketan, 2014, by Andrea Phillips
Sriniketan Experiment in Rural Reconstruction by Usha Makherjee
The Idea of Santiniketan: A Personal Understanding, by Pulak Dutta
Some Aspects of National Education and the Taman Siswa Institute of Jogjkarta, by Ki Hadjar Dewantara
Notes from Workshop 3, Iniva-Tagore Centre, London March 2014.
Tagore’s Post Office NGBK’s exhibition invite
Dakghar, Notes Towards Isolation and Recognition, by Landings
Tagore in conversation with Albert Einstein
Notes from workshop 4, Berlin April 2014.
Last Passage of Rabindranath Tagore’s Speech at Berlin Friedrich Wilhelm University, Berlin 1921
The Sexologist and the Poet: On Magnus Hirschfeld, Rabindranath Tagore, and the Critique of Sexual Binarity by J. Edgar Bauer
Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures a Collective Bibliography

Anjalika Sagar reads poem Africa by Rabindranath Tagore

In that early dusk of a distracted age,
When God in scorn of his own workmanship
violently shook his head at his primitive efforts,
an impatient wave snatched you away, Africa,
from the bosom of the East,
and kept you breeding in a dense enclosure of niggardly light,
guarded by giant trees.
There you slowly stored
the baffling mysteries of the wilderness
in the dark cellars of your profound privacy,
conned the signals of land and water difficult to read;
and the secret magic of Nature invoked in your mind
magic rites from beyond the boundaries of consciousness.

Excerpt of poem Africa by Rabindranath Tagore, published in English in ‘Poems’, Visva-Bharati, Kolkata, 1946.

Anjalika Sagar points out that Tagore has actually never visited Africa.