Tagore The Eternal Seeker Footprints of a World Traveller

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  • Copyright: 2015-07-07
  • Publisher: Vij Books India
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Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a towering figure in India's intellectual and cultural landscape. He was not only a writer, artist, music composer and a philosopher but also a world traveller. He travelled to more than 34 countries in his lifetime and these travels left a deep impact on him. According to Humayun Kabir, travel not only broadened his selfhood, it also contributed to his philosophy of internationalism and the development of his institution, Visva-Bharati. He believed that inclusivism and synergic interaction between cultures would propel the world towards harmony and global fellowship.

Tagore was a curious and keen observer of socio-political life in the numerous countries that he visited. He made an immense contribution to the making of modern India and left a deep imprint on leaders like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sarojini Naidu.

This book explores Tagore's travels, and assesses the extent to which he was influenced by his visits and the deep impression he left on the countries he visited. Here, experts from India and several countries to which Tagore had travelled offer an array of perspectives on Tagore's thoughts and vision. They examine how his journeys contributed to his philosophy of internationalism, universalism, humanism, spiritual unity and the religion of man. The volume also illuminates the influence of Tagore's ideas upon the evolution and continuing ethos of Indian foreign policy.

Author Biography

Suryakanthi Tripathi retired from the Indian Foreign Service, with her last assignment being as India's Ambassador to Spain.

Radha Chakravarty is a critic and translator. She teaches English Literature in Gargi College, University of Delhi.

Nivedita Ray is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi.

Table of Contents

1. Tagore – A Perspective of International Relations: Finding a Home Everywhere in the World
Suryakanthi Tripathi
2. Nation, Nationalism and Internationalism: Footprints of Tagore on India's Foreign Policy
Partha S. Ghosh
3. Rabindranath Tagore and the British Press (1912-1941)
Kalyan Kundu
4. Rabindranath Tagore: Encounters with the French
Supriya Roy
5. Tagore and Italy
Stefano Beggiora
6. Tagore, Mussolini and the Italian Press
Kalyan Kundu
7. The Pedagogy of Rabindranath Tagore
Sandra Chistolini
8. Tagore's Connections with Belgium
Philippe Falisse
9. Rabindranath Tagore in Berlin
Martin Kämpchen
10. Tagore in Denmark
Annemette Karpen
11. Turning ‘East': Orientalist Variations on Tagore from the ‘Eastern Corner of Europe'
Ana Jelnikar
12. Rabindranath Tagore's Czechoslovak Connection
Martin Hirbek
13. Tagore's Visit to Hungary
Imre Bangha
14. Tagore's Bulgarian Birthday
Alexander Shurbanov
15. Rabindranath Tagore and Angelos Sikelianos - Two Universal Thinkers: A Comparative Study
Andreas L. Katonis
16. Tagore's Historical Visit to Greece
Demetrios Th. Vassiliades
17. Tagore as an Envoy of India (and the Rest of the World) to Russia
Sergei Serebriany
18. Rabindranath Tagore and the United States
Sugata Bose
19. Tagore as International Educationist: The ‘Bond of Relation'
Kathleen M. O'Connell
20. Tagore Ocampa: A Turning Point in India-Argentina Relationship
Gustavo Canzobre
21. Tagore and China
Dong Youchen
22. Tagore's Travels to China
Sreemati Chakrabarti
23. Apocalypse of Tagore: Nature and Man, Japan and India
Yukifumi Takeuchi
24. Rabindranath Tagore in Thailand: His Visit and His Diplomatic Roles
Sawitree Charoenpong
25. Vision Comes True: Rabindranath Tagore and Balinese Contemporary Religious Identity
Gde Dwitya Arief Metera
26. Tagore in Sri Lanka
Reba Som
27. Rabindranath Tagore: His Worldview
Alim ur-Rahman Khan
28. Travelling on the Edge of Sorrow - Tagore's Unseen Prison
Ghada A. N. Mostafa
29. The Echo of Sweet Songs of Bengal's Parrot in Iran: Impact of Rabindranath Tagore's Presence in Iran
Ehsan Abbaslou
30. Tagore's Visit to Iran
Mohammad Ajam
31. Tagore's Dark Vision of Humanity
Alok Bhalla
32. ‘A World-wide Commerce of Heart and Mind': Tagore as Cultural Envoy
Radha Chakravarty

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