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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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Workshop 4: Berlin, April 2014

The fourth workshop takes place in Berlin at NGBK as part of the exhibition Tagore’s Post Office, curated by Grant Watson.


Installation view, NGBK, Berlin, photo by Carla Cruz


(See the booklet Dakghar: Notes Towards Isolation and Recognition, published as part of Landings’ contribution to the exhibition)

Landings installation, NGBK Berlin

Landings ‘Dakghar: Notes Towards Isolation and Recognition’ , NGBK Berlin, photo by Winfried Mateyka


As well as a final workshop with members of the network there will be two public events at NGBK (download invite):

Friday 11 April 7pm:

Public talk by Elzbieta Walter introduced and chaired by Landings (Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl)

Despite the fact that Tagore never visited Poland, he is no doubt the only Indian writer whose writings have been extensively translated into Polish. The play Dakghar (The Post Office) has been translated into Polish five times by different translators. It was also staged several times. One of the most significant staging was conducted during the Second World War in Poland in Jewish Orphans’ Home in the Warsaw ghetto run by Janusz Korczak. Janusz Korczak was the pen name of Henryk Goldszmit (1878/79-1942), a Polish-Jewish educator, physician, children’s author and essayist. He organized a staging of Dakghar with the children of the orphanage just few weeks before several of them and he were deported to the concentration camp of Treblinka.

Elzbieta Walter is a Tagore scholar and literary theorist based in Poland, and an alumnus of Santiniketan.

Elzbieta, photo by Carla Cruz

Elzbieta Walter, photo by Carla Cruz

Saturday 12 April 7pm

Fragmenting Tagore

Public event with Anshuman Dasgupta, Ansuman Biswas and guest (Magda Mayas) and Adrian Rifkin.
Introduced by Andrea Phillips and Grant Watson.

Ansuman Biswas and Magda Meyer

Ansuman Biswas and Magda Mayas, NGBK, Berlin, photo by Carla Cruz

Anshuman Dasgupta: Translating Tagore: the problems and possibilities of attending to Tagore from another language and culture

Adrian Rifkin: Tagore seen seated: some others standing, a short speculation in composing the past-imperfect of the ‘post-colonial’, see video-documentation here.

Ansuman Biswas and guest: Parentheses on Truth, Beauty and Humanity; a live event based on the conversations between Einstein and Tagore which took place at Einstein’s house near Berlin in 1930

Anshuman Dasgupta is part of the teaching faculty in the Art History department in Kalabhavan, Santiniketan (Visva Bharati University)

Adrian Rifkin is Professor Emeritus of Art Writing, Goldsmiths, London

Ansuman Biswas is an artist, musician and Director of the Tagore Centre UK

[PDF] Notes from workshop 4 Berlin April 2014.

Otolith Group, NGBK, Berlin

Otolith Group,’s ‘A Century Before Us’ NGBK, Berlin, photo by Winfried Mateyka

See more photo documentation here

Workshop 3: London, March 2014

The third workshop takes place at Iniva and the Tagore Centre, London, March 2014.

Institute of International Visual Arts, Rivington Place, Rivington St, London EC2A

photo by Carla Cruz

photo by Carla Cruz

12:00: Introduction – Andrea Phillips
12:30: Grant Watson and Andrea Phillips in conversation: learning from Santiniketan

13:15: Anjalika Sagar – notes on The Otolith Group Tagore film project
14:00: lunch
15:00: Wendelien van Oldenborgh – ideas of pedagogy and colonialism in Indonesia
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( COLLECTION_TROPENMUSEUM_’De heer Soerjoadipoetro houdt een voordracht over de school van Tagore voor o.a. kwekelingen van het Nationaal Onderwijs Instituut ‘Taman Siswa’ te Bandung Java’ (Mister Soerjoadipoetro is lecturing about the school of Tagore for a group of students who will become teachers in the National Educational Institute ‘Taman Siswa’, in Bandung, Java)

15:45: Anshuman Dasgupta – sound files from Santiniketan
16:30: Adrian Rifkin: Tagore in Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy: a reading
17:00: tea and general discussion
18:00: ends


photo by Carla Cruz

SUNDAY 16 MARCH 11-2pm:
Tagore Centre, Alexandra Park Library, Alexandra Park Road, London N22 7UJ

Discussion of NGBK Tagore exhibition and the next workshop:
11:00: Introduction by Grant Watson
11.30: Introduction to NGBK by Antje Weitzel and Elke Falat
12:00: Discussion of exhibition design with Andreas Mueller
13:00: Presentation of research for exhibition by Vivian Ziherl (Landings)
13.30: general discussion
14:00: ends

[PDF] Notes from meeting 3

Photo documentation here

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.


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.

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

Workshop 1: London, November 2013

The first workshop takes place as part of the exhibition Anna Boghiguian & Goshka Macuga: Tagore’s Universal Allegories, curated by Grant Watson.


photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

The first session focused on the question: How we might understand Tagore’s legacy as relevant for contemporary art practice and curating? By this, we don’t mean to insist on a relation or any relevancy, but to use Tagore’s ideas (which might be understood to be futurological, as well as ideological and arcane) as a springboard to engage in discussions about contemporary curating and artistic practice.

[PDF] Notes from Workshop 1.
The workshop ended with a performance by Ansuman Biswas and guests

See the whole performance here.

Hear Grant Watson reading Anna Boghiguian’s letters to/from Tagore;
See the collection of pictures from the first meeting at Iniva, London;
Read the Rabindranath Tagore’s play ‘the post office’, presented on this first meeting by Natasha Ginwala;
See the short film ‘Rabindranath Tagore at Boulogne-Billancourt’, by Albert Kahn.
See Christian Nyampeta’s New Habits: prototypes