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An evening of song, dance, recitations and excerpts from Tagore’s plays
10 November @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm£11.37
Are you only the Poet of the twenty-fifth Baishak
The Tagore Centre UK’s celebration dedicated to those who do, and those who don’t, have a set of Rabindrarachanabali on their bookshelves.
There are two days in the calendar in which the global Bengali community celebrates Rabindranath Tagore the most, his birthday (25 Baishak or 7 May) and the day of his death (22 Sraban or 8 August).
Any other time, celebrating Tagore tends to be an atypical public event during the rest of the year. However, a Tagorean poet raised the question in one of his works… why is it so? Is he only the poet of 25 Baishak?
The Tagore Centre UK presents this evening’s unconventional and untimely homage to the poet in two parts.
The first presents Tagore’s musical journey, showcasing an array of distinguished London artists performing from Tagore’s vast catalogue of songs, based on the themes of love and devotion, plus some of his more seasonal-themed songs. There’s a touch of innovation too, with dancers performing to some of Tagore’s poems, certainly something to feast your eyes on.
The highlight of the second half of the programme focuses on the theme of women’s liberation and emancipation from age-old suppression. This year observes the centenary of Suffragette movement. Tagore was a vocal opponent of women’s oppression which is strongly reflected in his work. The concluding section of the celebration is presentation of excerpts from two of his much loved plays Chitrangada and Rakta-Karabi.