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