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  • 100-year journey~I

    100-year journey~I

    Interestingly, in the 21st century, the publication of two books strongly advocating the need for liberal arts and humanities studies as essential curriculum in university courses, was a crusading call.

    June 13, 2021
  • Visva-Bharati in the rut

    Visva-Bharati in the rut

    It is hard not to wonder whether Tagore’s legacy has been trashed fair and square when Prof Chakraborty admits in a rare moment of candour that “Visva-Bharati University has become a haven for thieves and dacoits”.

    March 21, 2021
  • V-B debunks Sen

    V-B debunks Sen

    The Nobel laureate has succinctly exposed the malaise that has permeated the central university with the statement that “a big gap exists between the Santiniketan culture and that of the Visva-Bharati vice-chancellor, empowered as he is by the central government in Delhi, with its growing control over Bengal”.

    December 29, 2020
  • Rituparna was ideal for Bijoya

    Rituparna was ideal for Bijoya

    Debut director Nirmal Chakraborty is adapting Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Datta to the silver screen. In this candid conversation, he speaks about the period film’s conception, importance of workshops and Santiniketan as a backdrop.

    July 20, 2019
  • Fair and (Un)Lovely

    Fair and (Un)Lovely

    More accurately, Visva-Bharati took over organisation of the Pous Mela in 1951 when it was declared a central university.

    June 9, 2019
  • Rabindranath Tagore’s death wish, and autographs

    Rabindranath Tagore’s death wish, and autographs

    Punascha publication Mrityu-Pratyashi Rabindranath, penned by Parthajit Gangopadhaya, delves into the darkest period of Tagore's life

    May 6, 2019
  • Kingly Knight~II

    Kingly Knight~II

    In fact, to indulge and revel in the aesthetic extravaganza of art, dance and music in the transnational arena, be it in Santiniketan or elsewhere, and to tread on the rugged path of struggle against the despotic rule of a wily foreign ruler are but two sides of the same coin ~a full flowering of human potentiality. It has been averred that irrespective of the legacy of Deshbandhu being short-lived or otherwise, the greatness of this son of India cannot and should not be undermined. It is a misfortune that the legacy was too robust for sustenance in this wretched country.

    March 13, 2019
  • Centenary of the Nest~II

    Centenary of the Nest~II

    Through Visva-Bharati, Tagore envisioned a creative and ethical way of living. The task of translating the idea into reality was never easy. During the final years of his life Tagore repeatedly voiced his profound anxieties regarding the future of his institution. On 2 February 1940 he wrote to Mahatma Gandhi: 'Visva-Bharati is like a vessel which is carrying the cargo of my life's best treasure and I hope it may claim special care from my countrymen for its preservation.'

    February 5, 2019
  • Rabindranath Tagore: Echoes of erudite thoughts

    Rabindranath Tagore: Echoes of erudite thoughts

    Polymath Rabindranath Tagore's wisdom teaches us about how we need to consider the larger picture for India's progress.

    December 14, 2018
  • Read and Perform

    Read and Perform

    Tagore scholarship has two aims. One, it should bring out the history of Tagore's life and the historical context of his works. It must be a contribution to the history of literature. Two, it is meant to explain and interpret Tagore's creations so that they are better understood and appreciated and made relevant in our contemporary context. Reading on Tagore should lead to reading Rabindranath Tagore himself

    December 2, 2018
  • When Santals go abroad

    When Santals go abroad

    Reflections on an intercultural experiment where representatives from the tribe travelled to Germany

    September 15, 2018
  • School for Scandal

    School for Scandal

    The silence of the Birbhum district administration is intriguing when we reflect on the enormity of the outrage in a part of the state that is given to trumpeting the legacy of Tagore. The core issue goes beyond child labour in the backwaters of West Bengal, a disgrace in itself. Those supposedly engaged in rural …

    August 23, 2018
  • An unflinching dreamer

    An unflinching dreamer

    His was an extraordinary life lived with an honesty as penetrating as his electric blue eyes, and shared as occasional snippets delivered dryly with his inimitable Flemish accent. A poignant obituary to Herman van Hecke.

    July 22, 2018
  • A treasured companionship

    A treasured companionship

    Rabindranath Tagore and Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis shared a lifelong relationship of mutual admiration, love and respect. The poet inspired the statistician to reach new heights while the latter took it upon himself to promote Tagore's ideals and his works around the globe.

    July 8, 2018
  • Exploring indigenous richness

    Exploring indigenous richness

    The festival Adirang Mahotsav organised by National School of Drama was a celebration of India’s vast folk tradition through dance, theatre, crafts fair and more.

    June 16, 2018
  • A testament to durable ties

    A testament to durable ties

    The convocation in Visva- Bharati, Santiniketan was held on 25 May in the presence of Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina Wazed. The latter was present for the inauguration of Bangladesh Bhavan within the Visva-Bharati campus to mark a new chapter in the 47-year-old Indo-Bangladesh relationship. Bangladesh under the leadership of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman …

    June 3, 2018
  • Visva-Bharati VC retires, leaves without handing over charge

    Visva-Bharati VC retires, leaves without handing over charge

    Visva-Bharati University’s officiating Vice Chancellor Swapan Kumar Dutta retired on Saturday and left office without handing over the charge to anybody. According to the university statute, the senior-most director of the institute is assigned as the acting vice-chancellor. Thus, Sabujkoli Sen, the senior most director, was supposed to become the acting VC. However, Sen said, …

    January 28, 2018