Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshi
“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.”
Here you can see a selection of Anshuman Dasgupta Visva-Bharati Mural’s that accompanied is tele-presentation for the third workshop, Iniva March London 2014.
On the group’s research and the ideas each one encountered and revisited in the visit to Santiniketan, January-February 2014.
With: Anshuman Dasgupta, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Andrea Phillips, Anjalika Sagar, and Grant Watson.
Anshuman Dasgupta talks about mural tradition in India, K. G. Subramanian Mastermoshai Studio mural and Nandalal Bose Campus Aesthetics that derives from the surroundings.
Anshuman Dasgupta talks about the mural Life on Campus by Indian artist Benodebahari, at Cheena Bhavana, first floor, freco secco, 1942. Santiniketan, second workshop, 2014.
This is a collection of photographs taken by Dutch Art Institute student and network collaborator Eona McCallum during the second workshop, Kolkata and Santiniketan, West Bengal – 30 January to 8 February 2014.
In the grounds of Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Tagore’s House in Kolkata
At Santiniketan West Bengal
The Kala Bhavan campus, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Visva Bharati, Santiniketan
Santhal Informal School
Andrea Phillips’ 2014 ‘Curating, Pedagogy – some thoughts for Santiniketan‘ [PDF].
The Home and The World [PDF]
Translated [from Bengali to English] by Surendranath Tagore
London: Macmillan, 1919 [published in India, 1915, 1916]