In advance of India’s Independence day today, India’s Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, unveiled a 10-minute version of the Indian national anthem, Jana Gana Mana on Friday. It includes all five verses written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1911, rather than just the first one.
A controversy has been brewing for the past two years in Tagore’s home town of Santiniketan about the 21km, 6ft-8ft (2m-2.6m) wall now being completed around the Visva Bharati campus. What would Tagore have made of the plans?
For his 80th birthday, Tagore wrote what was to be his last speech. It was entitled “Civilisation’s crisis”. As Western countries struggle to deal with an economic crisis, it is in some ways as relevant today as when he wrote it.
Last night, I finally succeeded in making the ‘Tagore dance film trilogy’ Facebook application work! The application allows the films to be viewed from within Facebook in full-screen, high definition for $0.99 per film. This post includes the code which anyone with a film on Dynamo Player could use to embed their film to Facebook.
Kaberi and I were privileged to attend the birthday celebrations of two literary giants in Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare’s birthday, which is actually on 23 April, was formally celebrated on 30 April this year to avoid clashing with the Easter weekend. A relative youngster compared to Shakespeare, last weekend was “only” Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary.
Chandalika had its world première on Sunday evening at the Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse, with the help of its manager Greg Eden-Field. Special thanks to Dr Diana Owen, Samantha Young and the rest of the team at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for arranging a memorable Tagore weekend. Chandalika and Shyama, which was premièred…
In less than two weeks, it will be the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, who was born on 7 May 1861. For our own contribution to the birth anniversary celebrations, Kaberi and I have been busy making film versions of his dance-dramas Chandalika and Chitrangada. Chandalika will have its world première at the end of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Tagore weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.
Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, spoke at a recent conference about how to use social media to promote peace and security in the Middle East. This reminded me of the series of inspiring and thought-provoking talks I attended in London a few months ago now at TEDxNewSt on the theme ‘Why better human understanding is the future of business success’.
Although Kaberi and I returned from the Ourense Film Festival, Galicia, Spain almost a month ago, many aspects of the experience have stuck in our minds. This is largely due to the kindness of all the people we met there, especially festival director Enrique Nicanor, his wife Cayetana, his festival team and Thelma Putnam and her dance students at the Escuela de Artes Escénicas y Musicales de Ourense.