Launch of Shades of Difference: Selected Writings of Rabindranath Tagore
Launch of Shades of Difference: Selected Writings of Rabindranath Tagore, edited by Radha Chakravarty
New Delhi, 12 November 2015
The Embassy of France in India, Institut français en Inde and Social Science Press hosted the launch of Shades of Difference: Selected Writings of Rabindranath Tagore, edited by Radha Chakravarty, in the presence of noted actor Sharmila Tagore.
The launch was followed by readings and an interactive session with Radha Chakravarty, Sharmila Tagore, Tagore scholar Samuel Berthet and artiste Lubna Marium.
In celebration of Tagore’s respect and love for Nature, a sapling from Kumaon was planted at Institut français en Inde in his memory.
Shades of Difference: Selected Writings of Rabindranath Tagore: Tagore’s works in diverse genres have always fascinated translators and anthologists. Thus, this collection includes short stories, plays, poems, articles, travel writing, correspondence and conversations. This unusual illustrated collection presents his complex, dynamic approach to commonly perceived dualities, such as life/death, nature/culture, male/female, tradition/modernity, East/West, local/universal, urban/rural etc., to highlight his humanistic vision and its significance for us today. The accompanying DVD, Tagore and His World, provides a broader context for Tagore’s evolution as a thinker and artist, offering glimpses into his life, travels, educational vision and creative experiments in the visual and performing arts. Through a range of contemporary adaptations from various sources in different languages, it reveals how Tagore’s spirit lives on today, his legacy undiminished, for the world at large.
Radha Chakravarty is a writer, critic and translator. She is a professor of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies and has taught at Delhi University and Ambedkar University. She has authored several books, including Feminism and Contemporary Women Writers (2008) and Novelist Tagore: Gender and Modernity in Selected Texts (Routledge 2013). She has translated several of Tagore’s works including Chokher Bali, Gora, Boyhood Days, Shesher Kabita and The Land of Cards: Stories, Poems and Plays for children. Her essays and review articles have appeared in international books and periodicals.
Samuel Berthet is an Associate Professor at Shiv Nadar University. He has written extensively on subjects such as identities in modern and contemporary India, decentralization and local governance. His areas of investigations are the construction and evolution of the State, and the negotiation of identities in the modern and post-modern context. A former reader at Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, he has written scholarly papers on Tagore, Shantiniketan and intangible heritage, as well as on the French, Bengal and Shantiniketan in Tagore’s epoch.
Lubna Marium is a well-known writer, dancer and cultural activist. She is also the General Secretary and Artistic Director of Shadhona Cultural Circle A Center for Advancement of South Asian Culture.
Social Science Press endeavours to publish books on themes that are important and of wide concern. It also strives to do this in simple prose, written by specialists but intended for wider dissemination. The list draws on subjects such as Sociology, Social Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Economics, History and Gender. It has a prestigious academic and scholarly list written by eminent academics from India, Britain, Europe and America. It also takes pride in being the first publisher of future world-class scholars.