A Renaissance figure breathtaking in vigour volume
and variety Rabindranath Tagore put us on the literary map of the world.
Essentially a poet he was many other things besides being a poet: dramatist,
writer of short stories, novelist, a social, political, religious, aesthetic thinker,
innovator in education, rural reconstruction, a champion of the One World idea.
The author of two national anthems has touched life and the life of the people at
more points than perhaps anyone else. His untranslatable songs are and will be a
part of the Bengali landscape of both bangles.
His life full of tensions and
surprises, creative to the end is a challenge. As the later poems and painting
show the poet of gitanjali was more than the poet of Gitanjali. The last of the
liberals and romantics he has been tested both as man and artist by the fire. But
even when disillusioned as n his last birthday address, he refused to lose faith in
Man. A purely literary summing up will not do. To be hypnotized is not enough. We
must also understand if not assimilate the complex heritage. What was he really
like? Only a balanced mature view can tell us that.
The time for revaluation
has probably come. This short survey tries to see the object as it is rather as it
appears to us now. There are many Rabindranaths, nana Rabindranath, as he
himself said. We shall get the Tagore we deserve.
About the Author:
He has taught at Santiniketan for nearly forty years.
Among his works are: Aldous Huxley, The Later Poems of Tagore, The Poetry of
Sri Aurbindo, Metaesthetics and other Essays, Mystics and Society, Modern and
Otherwise, Lost Dimensions, For the Time Being and a collection of ecological
essays, Meditaitons on Matricide. He has edited three Tagore anthologies:
Tagore for you, Faith of a Poet and Angel of Surplus. Also contributed twice the
articles on Mysticism to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Children’s Books (369)
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