Life and Works of Rabindranath Tagore

S.R. Sharma, Book Enclave, 2003, vi, 202 p, ISBN : 8181520076, $26.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Life and Works of Rabindranath Tagore/S.R. Sharma

Contents: Preface. 1. The poet in philosophy and affairs. 2. Ideals and virtues of Rabindranath Tagore. 3. Poetry of Rabindranath Tagore. 4. Rabindranath Tagore: poet and seer. 5. A poet’s sight. 6. Reminiscences of Mayar Khela. 7. Rabindranath Tagore: the dramatist. 8. Rabindranath Tagore’s songs. 9. An interview with Romain Rolland. 10. On Gurudev’s art. 11. The drawings of Rabindranath Tagore. 12. Evolution of Rabindranath Tagore’s art. 13. Rabindranath Tagore: the artist and poet. 14. Tagore’s childhood poetry. 15. The social philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore. 16. The political ideals of Rabindranath Tagore. 17. Homage to Rabindranath Tagore. 18. Rabindranath Tagore and Indian freedom. 19. Rabindranath Tagore: the burning bush. 20. Visits to Patisar and Shelaidaha. 21. How relevant is Tagore today? 22. Rabindranath’s short stories. 23. Rabindranath Tagore’s influence on Telugu literature. 24. Rabindranath Tagore and Gujarati literature. 25. Rabindranath Tagore and the renaissance in Bengal. 26. Rabindranath Tagore: ever more relevant today. 27. Rabindranath Tagore and the Swadeshi period.

"The creative genius of Rabindranath was almost universal in expression and temper. Literature, music, arts and thoughts, activities, education or the cooperatives, etc., all were touched and turned into gold. Yet the same genius was rooted in our very soil again. India of the ages spoke through him, he was the finest exponent of vedic lore of composite culture of Hindus, of the universal message of the medieval saints like Kabir, Nanak, etc., right up to Rammohan Roy, of the modern times. Whatever is true in our tradition has its voice in Rabindranath.

"In this book some of the extracts from the works of Tagore have been given which provide a perspective to his thought and literature. Rabindranath works have been translated in most of the languages of the world. It is difficult to say that full justice has been done to the subject. But efforts have been made to make the book comprehensive." (jacket)

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