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Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures a Collective Bibliography

[PDF] Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures a Collective Bibliography

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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Another Asia, by Rustom Bharucha

Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshi
2009
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.”

Collection of Photos by Wendelien van Oldenborgh

This is a collection of photographs taken by Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures research member Wendelien van Oldenborgh during the second workshop, Kolkata and Santiniketan, West Bengal – 30 January to 8 February 2014.

photo of a yellow tram in Kolkata, India

Kolkata

Kolkata

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train carriage, Kolkata, India

Train to Bolpur

On the train from Kolkata to Bolpur

Santiniketan, India

photo of Indian author Rustom Bharucha

Rustom Bharucha

India

Photo of Santhal Family Sculpture, Santiniketan, India

Santhal Family, sculpture by Ramkinkar Baij, 1938, Santiniketan

Workshop 2: Santiniketan, West Bengal, 30 January -7 February 2014

The second workshop takes place in Kolkata and Santiniketan, Tagore’s experimental school in West Bengal, in collaboration with Visva-Bharati University and the Dutch Art Institute.

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photo by Wendelien van Oldenborg

With: Andrea Phillips, Grant Watson, Anjalika Sagar, Anshuman Dasgupta, Wendelien van Oldbenborg, Rustom Bharucha and students from the Dutch Art institute.

[PDF] ‘Curating, Pedagogy – some thoughts for Santiniketan‘, by Andrea Phillips.

The second workshop took place in collaboration with DAI and Vivsra Bharati staff and students and involved an extended research visit to historical sites of Tagore’s life and work in Kolkata, engagement with the contemporary legacy of his learning community at Santiniketan, detailed investigation of the works made by artists for the Santiniketan campus both during and after Tagore’s life as well as time learning about the Santhal community whose livelihoods and culture are bound into the Santiniketan and Sriniketan environment.

We spent most of our time walking and listening to the knowledge of those members of the research group based at Santiniketan, Kolkata and New Delhi, and their colleagues. Members of the research group ate together and discussed questions and ideas every evening. On the last evening in Santiniketan we had a summary discussion.

Itinerary:
Thursday 30 Jan: Victoria Memorial museum, Kolkata.
Friday 31 Jan: KG Subramanyan exhibition, Gallerie 88; Rabindra Bharati Museum, Josanko, Kolkata.
Saturday 1 Feb: seminar with Rustom Bharucha, Santiniketan.
Sunday 2 Feb: lecture by Rustom Bharucha on Another Asia, Santiniketan.
Monday 3 Feb: visit to Tagore’s houses on the Visva-Bharati campus; visit to the Tagore archive; lecture by Shiv Kumar, [title].
Listen to Anshuman Dasgupta talk about Visva-Bharati Campus’ murals
Tuesday 4 Feb: presentations by Dutch Art Institute and Kala Bhavan students; studio tour; presentations by Wendelien van Oldenburg and Anjalika Sagar.
Weds 5 Feb: Santhal Informal School; Santhal Museum.
Thurs 6 Feb: Sriniketan Institute for Rural Reconstruction.
Sriniketan – Craft as an Education of Living, by Kim Schonewille
Friday 7 Feb: Sanchayan Ghosh exhibition, Experimenter; Indian Museum, Kolkata.

Listen to the research group final discussion in Santiniketan

[PDF] Notes from Workshop 2, Santiniketan 6 Feb 2014.

Eona McCallum photos of Kolkata and Santiniketan

photo of mural in Santiniketan, India

Santiniketan, photo by Eona McCallum

Listen to Anshuman Dasgupta talk on Santiniketan’s Murals as he takes the group around the campus.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh photos of Kolkata and Santiniketan

Santiniketan Pictures

At Visva-Bharati studios

At Visva-Bharati studios, courtesy of DAI

see DAI’s report on this meeting

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photo by Wendelien van Oldenborgh

RUSTOM BHARUCHA is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He is the author of several books including Theatre and the World, The Question of Faith, In the Name of the Secular, The Politics of Cultural Practice, Rajasthan: An Oral History, Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin, and the recently published Terror and Performance. He was the Project Director of Arna-Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan devoted to traditional knowledge systems, and the Artistic Director of two inter-Asian performance festivals of the Ramayana at the Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Research, Pondicherry.