Posts Tagged ‘Year of Tagore’

Celebration of Tagore at 150

July 19, 2011

This year celebrations are taking place to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Bengali playright, mystic, poet and musician Rabindranath Tagore. UNESCO has declared 2011 as the Year of Tagore.

One such celebration was at Dartington Hall in Devon where poets, singers and ecological activists got together to share their favourite Tagore verse.

I was pleased on Sunday to find that my good friend Satish Kumar was presenting a programme from this festival. Less pleased to find that BBC in their wisdom was only holding it on-line for 7 days. I do wonder why the BBC keeps shooting itself in the foot.

Tagore at 150

Satish Kumar edits the magazine Resurgence. When I am asked where does the idea for this blog come from, one of the inspirations has been Satish Kumar and Resurgence.

Something I did not know was that Dartington Hall was established by a follower of Tagore, at the suggestion of Tagore himself.

Tagore saw the divine in nature. Much of his work is poorly translated. Find a recent translation to really appreciate his work.