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Happy 152th birthday to the Bard

On May 7, the Government of India gave two great reasons to rejoice on the 152nd birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The first welcome announcement is that his entire literary oeuvre will be available online as Bichitra, which will be an online electronic variorum that will aid readers and scholars in accessing as well as comparing all his works including manuscripts and different editions in form of digital prints. The website announces it as a “humane application of technology”, which will be available in both Bengali as well as English.


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admires an exhibition, titled The Master’s Strokes: Art of Rabindranath Tagore after inaugurating it at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, in 2010. File Pic; (below) A portrait of Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore. Pic/AFP

The paintings of this legendary figure, a polymath in true sense, are also being showcased at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on May 9 in Delhi, NGMA will be presenting 70 of the 100 paintings from its collection. It’s astonishing to note that he only started as a painter in last 17 years of his life. Endearingly, his dream to be a painter was eternal but initially, he believed he wasn’t “good enough”. The government has announced that through this painting they hope to reintroduce Gurudev’s visual opus in a more comprehensive manner.

With summers cocooning kids into electronic coves of TV, Playstation and whatnot, Katha Publications has released its Tagore Series that celebrates 100 years of Tagore winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. With airy poems such as Clouds and Waves; The Friday Fair; The Astronomer; The Champa Flower; and The Little Big Man; it is time to reintroduce your child to one of the greatest Indian poets of all time. Illustrations by Sunaina Coelho, Debasmita Dasgupta, Harshvardhan Kadam, Jaikar and Rajiv Eipe — this series make a fascinating keep for all.

Champa Flower; and Clouds and Waves; by Katha Books

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