Contemporarising Tagore and the World Edited by: Imtiaz Ahmed, Muchkund Dubey, Veena Sikri
Tagore was indeed a poet of the world. In the first half of the twentieth century, few had traveled as much as him, visiting more than thirty countries on five continents Shying away from being a ‘patriot’ and ‘seeking compatriots around the world,’ Rabindranath laid faith in humans,in overcoming limitations and perils of all kinds. It is this faith that made him cross boundaries, both intellectual and territorial. Tagore knew that ‘poverty lay in the separation, and wealth in the union’. It is this ‘original truth’ that he attempted to express in every form known to him, from poetry to painting, from education to aesthetics, from music to modes of thoughts. Deliberations on issues of life and living, including what is now referred to as social sciences, came naturally to him, testified by his essays on society, religion, philosophy, politics, education, rural development, literature, aesthetics and history. If Tagore’s innumerable poems, over 2,200 songs and over 2,500 drawings and paintings provide solace to the mind, then the breadth of his writings on issues of state, society and disempowered persons play a role in challenging and transforming the mind.
This volume is an outcome of the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Tagore. It emerged from discussions at the conference, Contemporarising Tagore & the World, held in Dhaka in the Spring of 2011, where scholars from ten different countries presented thirty-two papers. This is explored through eight different themes, including: Tagore’s Humanism, Nationalism, Internationalism and Cosmopolitanism, Engendering Tagore, Education and Society, Sociology of Creativity, Alternative Development Strategies and Crisis in Modern Civilisation. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the universal and enduring appeal of Tagore’s essays. Snapshot of the Table of Contents Foreword Preface Introduction: Imtiaz Ahmed, Muchkund Dubey, Veena Sikri I. Prelegomenon II.Locating Tagore's Humanism III.Nationalism, Internationalism and Cosmopolitanism IV.Engendering Tagore V.Education and Society VI.Sociology of Creativity VII.Alternative Development Strategies VIII.Crisis in Modern Civilization