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Rustom Bharucha talk: The Affective affinities of Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin

Performance theorist Rustom Bharucha delivers a lecture on his unique research into the friendship between the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and Japanese curator Okakura Tenshin. This talk is part of research project Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures, a partnership between Iniva and Goldsmiths, University of London, which looks at Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore’s legacy in relation to cultural translation, curatorship, education, and historical precedent.

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Rustom Bharucha’s public talks

Postmortem: Terror and Performance6 June, 5pm ⎪ Goldsmiths College, Small Cinema – RHB 185 Introduced by Andrea Phillips  Followed by a reception to launch Terror and Performance by Rustom Bharucha (Routledge, May 2014).

Performing ‘Asia’: The Affective Affinities of Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin 7 June, 3pm – 5pm Iniva, 1 Rivington Place  Introduced by Grant Watson £7 (£5 concessions)

Rustom Bharucha, Iniva June 2014

Rustom Bharucha, Iniva June 2014, photo by Carla Cruz

Performance theorist Rustom Bharucha delivers a lecture on his unique research into the friendship between the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and Japanese curator Okakura Tenshin. This talk is part of research project Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures, a partnership between Iniva and Goldsmiths, University of London, which looks at Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore’s legacy in relation to cultural translation, curatorship, education, and historical precedent.

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Ansuman Biswas and Guests – Concert

part 1

The performance was a re-imagining of some Tagore songs in a universal, trans-national context. The Bengali poetry was refracted through a lens made up of European free improvisation, Western orchestral music and Amharic song.

The ensemble comprised:
Ansuman Biswas – musical direction
Guillaume Viltard – bass
Ian Smith – trumpet
Marlies van Gengelen – oboe
Haymanot Tesfa – voice

part 2

Third meeting – London

These are the photographs taken during the third workshop at Iniva and the Tagore Centre, London, March 2014. Photos by Ho, Yu, Sheng and Carla Cruz.

photo of Andrea Phillips during third workshop, Iniva

Kodwo Eshun, Andrea Phillips and Grant Watson, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

research group at Iniva

photo by Carla Cruz

photo of Eona McCallum, Shanay Jhaveri and Wendelien van Oldenborgh, third workshop, Iniva

Eona McCallum, Shanay Jhaveri and Wendelien van Oldenborgh, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

Kodwo Eshun, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Grant Watson, third workshop, Iniva

Kodwo Eshun, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Grant Watson, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

Adrian Rifkin, Andreas Mueller and Antje Weitzel, third workshop, Iniva

Adrian Rifkin, Andreas Mueller and Antje Weitzel, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

photo of book by Tagore publish in Dutch

photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

photo of room at Tagore Centre, London

Tagore Centre, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

photo of room, Tagore Centre, London

Tagore Centre, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

Otolith Group example of a wall paper design, photo by Ho, Yu Sheng

group photo of Tagore's research group

Research Group, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

 

Natasha Ginwala talks about Rabindranath Tagore’s Play, the Post Office

Korczak (film 1990: directed by Wajda Wojtek Pszoniak as Korczak with the children of the ghetto.

Korczak (film 1990: directed by Wajda Wojtek Pszoniak as Korczak with the children of the ghetto. The Tagore Centre Uk 1996

Read the play here

Ginwala talks about the translations of The Post Office in Poland. Tagore, however, was never in Poland. The reception of his play is beyond him as figure. The Post Office was read as an anti-Fascist narrative. Janusz Korczak making the play with orphan children from the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw during the second worlds war. Later made into a film by Andrzej Wajda. Implication of death through the script becomes manifest in the film.

Kodwo Eshun reads Tagore’s Japan Lecture


Excerpt of the 1916 Japan a Lecture, Delivered for the Students of the Private Colleges of Tokyo and the Members of the Indo-Japanese Association, at the Keio Gijuku University.

At first, I had my doubts. I thought that I might not be able to see Japan, as she is herself, but should have to be content to see the Japan that takes an acrobatic pride in violently appearing as something else. On my first arrival in this country, when I looked out from the balcony of a house on the hillside, the town of Kobe,—that huge mass of corrugated iron roofs,—appeared to me like a dragon, with glistening scales, basking in the sun, after having devoured a large slice of the living flesh of the earth. This dragon did not belong to the mythology of the past, but of the present; and with its iron mask it tried to look real to the children of the age,—real as the majestic rocks on the shore, as the epic rhythm of the sea-waves.

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Kodwo Eshun reads a 1916 lecture from Tagore. Evocation of the roots of Kobe as Dragon. In the letter the traveler the person that brings a specific optic. Kodwo Eshun talks about reception, misgivings and curiosity.