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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.


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

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
watch video


( 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

Anshuman Dasgupta

© Tagore Centre

photo © Tagore Centre

Anshuman Das Gupta is currently teaching faculty in the Art History department in Kalabhavan, Santiniketan (Visva Bharati University) and is affiliated to the Curatorial Knowledge programme in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, London University as a PhD candidate.

He was born in 1967 in Kolkata, India. He did his graduation in Art History from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, and Post Graduation in Art History from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S University, Baroda in 1990 and 1992 respectively.

His essays and seminar papers have been published in several journals and publications like the Marg publications- Art & Visual Cultures in India 1857- 2007 (2009), Akbar Padamsee (in Press, 2009) and Contemporary Indian Sculpture, among others.Anshuman has taken up several curatorial assignments at various times, which include; exhibition organized by the French Embassy in Delhi on the birth centenary of Antonin Artaud in 1996, Khoj International artists’ workshop events in Bengal in 2006, Ramkinker Baij Centenary exhibition in Santiniketan in 2007, ‘Santhal Family: positions around an Indian sculpture’ for the Museum of Contemporary Art, MuHKA, Antwerp (a collaborative curatorial venture) in 2008. He has participated in around thirty national and international seminars, including Patterns of Reflection: writing contemporary Indian art (Oct, 09, Santiniketan- Lalit kala and kala Bhavan) Periferry in Guwahati, Assam (2009); MuHKA, Antwerp (2008); seminar organized by ZKM & MMB in Delhi (2008). He also organized the Ramkinker Baij Centenary international seminar in Santiniketan in 2007.