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The Picture of My Early Life, a translation of Jibansmriti by Prasenjit Saha
26 November @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
We are pleased to host Prasenjit Saha who will present a talk on his translation of the book by Tagore, The Picture of My Early Life (Jibansmriti).
Rabindranath Tagore wrote this book in Bengali when he was 51. An unconventional autobiography, The Picture of My Early Life is a rambling series of memory pictures that the great litterateur and thinker chronicled covering the first twenty-seven formative years of his life.
The descriptions are insightful, informative of the period and are wrapped in wry and self-deprecating humour. The use of conjugated words together with a complex prose-structure makes it a timeless literary creation, where not a word or punctuation feels out of place.
This is a definitive translation in English of Jibansmriti originally written over a century ago and published just before Tagore was honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. In this translation, every attempt has been made to be true to the original and to preserve the finer nuances to the extent possible in another language.
Published in commemoration of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, The Picture of My Early Life presents an opportunity to the English-reading global audience to discover Tagore’s vision of universal humanity with a hope that it also helps to dispel the notion that Tagore was solely a mystic poet.
The book has been translated by Prasenjit Saha, an engineer by profession who graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur and has worked in several parts of the world.
This is his first attempt at promoting Bengali literature to a worldwide audience. He has also translated Parthibo by Sirshendu Mukopadhyay which has not yet been published.
The book carries a foreword by Patrick Colm Hogan, Professor Department of English, Programme in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, and India Studies Programme at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA.