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  • Innovative conception, stunning execution

    Innovative conception, stunning execution

    I n the beginning of 2017, a three-day workshop-cum-seminar was held jointly by the West Bengal Rajya Sangeet Academy and Saraswat Sanskriti Kendra at the Academy to assess Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy and spiritualistic ideas in the perspective of the same ideas of the country. The main speaker was Sayak Mitra who has honed his skills …

    June 23, 2017
  • Remembering Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

    Remembering Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

    A man of great originality, Mahalanobis will be remembered for his contribution to statistical theory and practice and for the establishment of the Indian Statistical Institute in 1931; the Department of Statistics of Calcutta University in 1941; and the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in 1950.

    June 14, 2017
  • Tagore and Japan~II

    Tagore and Japan~II

    In India, the nationalist leaders considered Tagore’s ideas as too idealistic and philosophical and which could not be implemented. Similar views were also expressed by many of Tagore’s critics in the West as well as in China and Japan, who criticised him as being too spiritual, if not somewhat vague. Perhaps there was some truth …

    June 11, 2017
  • Is it really a battle for Kashmiriat?

    Is it really a battle for Kashmiriat?

    Nowadays, I often find young Kashmiri men posting their photos on Facebook with the caption, “Proud to be a Kashmiri”. What do these young men and women want to convey? We are all proud Indians, proud Biharis, proud Tamils or proud Bengalis. What is so special that it has to be announced boldly? We are …

    June 10, 2017
  • Tagore and Japan ~ I

    Tagore and Japan ~ I

    Recent developments in the USA, Britain and certain other parts of the world, including India and South Asia in general, are based on a skewed perception of the idea of nationalism. This can have dangerous implications for peace, security and human welfare. Tagore’s idea of nationalism and the differences that had developed between the poet …

    June 10, 2017
  • Man with the mirror

    Man with the mirror

    It was in a most turbulent period of the history of Bengal that Abul Mansur Ahmed fought hard against social prejudice and religious bigotry. His brilliance in various fields, be it politics, journalism or literature, made him a popular name in undivided Bengal. He was a superb satirist, a thoughtprovoking essayist and an astute political …

    May 27, 2017
  • When Tagore’s grandpa offered to raise funds for rail lines

    When Tagore’s grandpa offered to raise funds for rail lines

    Rabindranath Tagore's industrialist grandfather wanted rail connectivity to the collieries and if the lines were to be laid from Calcutta to the Raniganj coalfields, he even offered to raise one-third of the capital. The business interests of Dwarakanath Tagore (1794-1846) straddled banking, insurance, shipping and trading, with a focus on items like indigo, silk, sugar …

    May 25, 2017
  • Prez, PM Modi pay tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on birth anniversary

    Prez, PM Modi pay tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on birth anniversary

    Tributes from top political leaders poured in as the country observed Rabindranath Tagore's birth anniversary on Tuesday. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the great soul for his contribution towards making India a stronger nation. Mukherjee took to Twitter and paid his tribute to the great soul: "My humble tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath …

    May 9, 2017
  • The Bard’s abode

    The Bard’s abode

    Rabindranath Tagore spent a substantial period of his life in Jorasanko, it being his birth place and the one where he breathed his last, after he was shifted back here from Santiniketan for treatment. The house, which is now a museum to the visitors, displays his utilities and other valuable archives relating to him. Visitors …

    May 6, 2017
  • Honouring the Bard

    Honouring the Bard

    Rabindranath Tagore defied death by transcending time and making his way eternally into the hearts of all Bengalis. Knowing the infinity of this legend, makes his beginning even more interesting to relate. Tagore was born the youngest in 1861, the ninth of 13 children, to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi. As a manager of the …

    May 3, 2017
  • Through the prism of numbers

    Through the prism of numbers

    An interesting theory has recently been posited by an author who has proved the value of statistics when a book is judged. Before we read about this author’s radical dimension of assessing writers through their books, let us read three examples of opening sentences, written by famous writers who were awarded The Nobel Prize for …

    April 20, 2017
  • Voices of Tagore’s women

    Voices of Tagore’s women

    Did Chitrangada’s father, the King of Manipur, take her permission before deciding to bring her up as a boy and man by suppressing her sex and gender physically, educationally and socially? Did she even know what being a woman was until she saw Arjuna in deep meditation in the forest where she had gone hunting? …

    March 10, 2017
  • Around the City of Joy

    Around the City of Joy

    They say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder but when you visit West Bengal, beauty is everywhere. From Tagore’s writings to Netaji’s courage and determination, Bengal is an epitome of glorious history and rich culture. The capital of the state got renamed to Kolkata from Calcutta but what remained the same is the …

    February 22, 2017
  • Around the City of Joy

    Around the City of Joy

    They say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder but when you visit West Bengal, beauty is everywhere. From Tagore’s writings to Netaji’s courage and determination, Bengal is an epitome of glorious history and rich culture. The capital of the state got renamed to Kolkata from Calcutta but what remained the same is the …

    February 22, 2017
  • Around the City of Joy

    Around the City of Joy

    They say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder but when you visit West Bengal, beauty is everywhere. From Tagore’s writings to Netaji’s courage and determination, Bengal is an epitome of glorious history and rich culture. The capital of the state got renamed to Kolkata from Calcutta but what remained the same is the …

    February 22, 2017
  • Tagore and the eco-friendly campus

    Tagore and the eco-friendly campus

    Are our campuses eco-friendly? How environmental conscious are students, administrators and other stakeholders in the educational sector? Do policy-makers consider environmental issues while formulating educational policies for the nation? Are we sensitising our younger generations to environmental challenges of the twenty first century? These oft ignored questions have never been more important, especially in the …

    February 9, 2017
  • Tagore and the eco-friendly campus

    Tagore and the eco-friendly campus

    Are our campuses eco-friendly? How environmental conscious are students, administrators and other stakeholders in the educational sector? Do policy-makers consider environmental issues while formulating educational policies for the nation? Are we sensitising our younger generations to environmental challenges of the twenty first century? These oft ignored questions have never been more important, especially in the …

    February 9, 2017