Author: Nityapriya GhoshPublisher: Sahitya SamsadYear: 2010Language: EnglishPages: 178ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788179551349
The Indian embassies and consular offices were instructed by the government of India to contact eminent personalities who had known Rabindranath Tagore personally and get their interviews, in connection with the birth centenary of the Poet. On the basis of the interviews, Satyajit Ray made in 1961 a 55-minute radio biography of Tagore. Ray had to select from the very many interviews because of the Language problem – the radio biography was in English. This book begins with a resume of this biography. It may be recalled that there were contributions from 25 countries, Apart from 64 persons from the Anglo-American bloc, in various languages for The Golden Book of Tagore, 1931, the genesis of which has been recounted in this book.In Spite of extensive researches into the life and works of Tagore there are quite a few unresolved questions. For example, was Tagore really a school drop-out at the age of 13, as the frequently said? Why is it believed that it was Tagore who conferred the title of Mahatma on Gandhi? Did the Calcutta crowd behave barbarously in the funeral procession for Tagore? The First part of this book touches on some of these questions. The second part relates to some curious literary anecdotes. All the articles were published in newspapers and magazines earlier.
PART – I 1. In the Company of a Great Man2. Scandalous Behaviour of a Calcutta Crowd3. The Perilous Adventure4. His Own English words5. Tagore and English6. Rabindranath : A School Drop-out?7. From Mohan to Mahatma8. Cupid's confusion9. Merely Arabian Nights10. Hindu-Muslim Dissension : Tagore's Prescription11. Economic Scheme of Tagore 12. Was Tagore an Oppressive Zamindar?13. Hearsay as a Tool of Biography14. National Song Meant for the Unmusical15. Modernity and Tagore16. Copyright Controversy17. Right to get Tagore Unshackled18. The Great tagore Bazaar19. A rare Book Reprinted20. Russian View of Tagore21. Witnesses to History22. I Love you, GurudevPART – II 23. When writers Meet24. In Defence of Plagiarism25. Royalties show the Man26. Urge for Recognition27. Banking : Notan Artist's Cup of Tea28. What Is Pop?29. What Was Postmodernism?30. The Lost Generation31. The game of Debunking32. St Andrew & St Mark33. Myths around Business34. Can Literature be Taught?35. Is SF Literature?36. Third World Novel37. From Books to Cinema38. Apocryphal Questions39. Newspaper Novel