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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

Rustom Bharucha

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

on Benod Behari Mukherjee’s Mural Medieval Saints

Life of Medieval Saints, North wall, Hindi Bhavan_WEB

Benod Behari Mukherjee’s Medieval Saints, North wall, Hindi Bhavan, Santiniketan, courtesy of Anshuman Dasgupta

part 1:

Anshuman Dasgupta talks about Indian artist Benodbehari’s 1946 mural ‘Life of Medieval Saints’.
The mural was done just before India’s Independence and in response to riots such as Noakhali’s; and is Benod Behari’s response to the division between Hindus and Muslims, by representing a nation of Saint poets. Medieval and contemporary figures come together, as the river Ganges joins different civilizations. The mural celebrates different ideas as well as it uses different techniques and styles, with modernist and traditional ways of depicting spaces and characters. Multi-focality and cohabitation being its central themes.

part 2:

Anshuman Dasgupta on Santiniketan’s Murals

Anshuman Dasgupta talks about some of the murals at Santiniketan’s Campus.
on Benod Behari Mukherjee Life of Medieval Saints
on Nandalal Bose’s Natir Puja
on Benod Behari Mukherjee Life on Campus
on K. G. Subramanian’s Mastermoshai Studio mural
on Nandalal Bose and campus aestethics

See a selection of Anshuman Dasgupta’s Visva-Bharati Murals photos

k. G. Subramanyan, Creation Myth, Goddesses Mural, 1989-90

k. G. Subramanyan, Creation Myth, Goddesses Mural, 1989-90, courtesy of Anshuman Dasgupta

on Nandalal Bose

Anshuman Dasgupta talks about the mural Natir Puja (Tagore’s Dance Dramas) by Indian Artist Nandalal Bose, at Cheena Bhavan, Santiniketan, second workshop, 2014.

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detail of Natir Puja by Nandalal Bose © Chakrabarti, Kumar and Nag 1995 The Santiniketan Murals. Seagull Books.

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.