Tag Archives: Tagore


See selected video-clips from the Research Group’s workshops and other clips that the members have referred to during the meetings.

Tagore at Khan’s garden
Rabindranath Tagore, a 1961 documentary by Satayjit Ray
Adrian Rifkin Talks about Tagore and fragmentation, and the Indoeuropean languages, Iniva London.
Gabrielle Schleijpen on Tagore’s The Home and the world, and Dai’s experience, Iniva London.
Shanay Jhaveri talks about Tagore’s visit to Argentina and meeting Victoria Ocampo, Iniva London.
Shanay Jhaveri talks about a film of Tagore in Albert Kahn’s gardens, Iniva London.
Natasha Ginwala on Rabindranath Tagore’s Play The Post Office, Iniva London.
Ansuman Biswas and guests performance, Iniva London.
Leela Ghandi’s Talk at Practice International
SRINIKETAN – Craft as an Education of Living, by Kim Schonewille, Santiniketan February
Andrea Phillips and Grant Watson in conversation, learning from Santiniketan, March, Iniva London.
Adrian Rifkin reads A Suitable Boy, Iniva London.
Wendelien van Oldenborgh on pedagogy and colonialism in indonesia, Iniva London, March 2014.
Elzbieta Walter on the translation of Tagore’s Post Office play into Polish, NGBK, Berlin, April
Adrian Rifkin presentation for the event ‘Fragmenting Tagore’, NGBK, Berlin, April.
Rustom Bharucha talk: The Affective Affinities of Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin.

first meeting in London

This is a collection of photos from Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures Research Group on their first meeting held at Anna Boghiguian & Goshka Macuga’s exhibition Tagore’s Universal Allegories, Iniva, London November 2013. All photos by Ho, Yu-Sheng.

photo of first meeting at Iniva

ansuman biswas presentation at first meeting, Iniva


Ansuman Biwas presenting is video-performances


ansuman biswas performance

performance by Ansuman Biswas and guests


This is a collection of texts shared by the members of the Research Group

Notes from the first meeting, at Iniva, London November 2013
The Post Office by Rabindranath Tagore
Japan a Lecture by Rabindranath Tagore
Extracts from Old Letters by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore and Asian Universalism, by Sugata Bose
Another Asia, by Rustom Bharucha
The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
Notes from Workshop 2, Santiniketan, February 2014
Curating, Pedagogy – Some Thoughts for Santiniketan, 2014, by Andrea Phillips
Sriniketan Experiment in Rural Reconstruction by Usha Makherjee
The Idea of Santiniketan: A Personal Understanding, by Pulak Dutta
Some Aspects of National Education and the Taman Siswa Institute of Jogjkarta, by Ki Hadjar Dewantara
Notes from Workshop 3, Iniva-Tagore Centre, London March 2014.
Tagore’s Post Office NGBK’s exhibition invite
Dakghar, Notes Towards Isolation and Recognition, by Landings
Tagore in conversation with Albert Einstein
Notes from workshop 4, Berlin April 2014.
Last Passage of Rabindranath Tagore’s Speech at Berlin Friedrich Wilhelm University, Berlin 1921
The Sexologist and the Poet: On Magnus Hirschfeld, Rabindranath Tagore, and the Critique of Sexual Binarity by J. Edgar Bauer
Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures a Collective Bibliography

Grant Watson reads Anna Boghiguian’s Letters

Anna Boghiguian, A Play to Play (detail) 2013, Mixed media installation, Iniva. Photo by Thierry Bal

Anna Boghiguian, A Play to Play (detail) 2013, Mixed media installation, Iniva. Photo by Thierry Bal

During ‘Tagore’s Universal Allegories’ exhibition Anna Boghiguian’s sat in the gallery writing imaginary letters to or from Tagore, but also between other people and places.

The Post Office by Tagore

The Post Office – a play by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), shared by Natasha Ginwala at the first workshop, Iniva, London 2013.

The Post Office arrived as a text that offers an allegorical construction of the rural subject, and one that might have an interesting relationship to the broader projects of Tagore, at Santiniketan as well as Sriniketan. (Vivian Ziherl, Landings, workshop 3, Tagore Centre, London)

The Post Office 1916 play by Tagore [PDF]

[Translated from Bengali to English by Devabrata Mukherjee]
Publisher, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1914.
Not in copyright.

Dakghar play, by  Kalakshetra Manipur, directed by H Kanhailal, 2009

Dakghar, by Kalakshetra Manipur, directed by H Kanhailal, 2009

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

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.