Category Archives: Tagore

Shiladitya, Rajkahini: Abanindranath Tagore’s tales of the Rajputs

Long before Shiladitya’s birth, when the last king of Kanaksen’s lineage was still ruling at Ballavipur, there was a great tank in that city whose waters were said to be very sacred indeed. This was known as Suryakund or the … Continue reading

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Rajkahini, Abanindranath Tagore’s tales of the Rajputs

‘When Maldev brought Hambeer to the court where his father and his father’s father had ruled their kingdom from, one cannot begin to describe what was going through Hambeer’s mind. He felt as though all the brave men of the … Continue reading

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Tagore, full of surprises as ever.

Every time I think I have approached something remotely close to beginning to get the measure of the man, Rabindranath Tagore surprises me and how. I was reading an essay titled ‘Dharma Bodher Drishtanto’ or Examples of Rightful Thinking where … Continue reading

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The birth of the Khalsa, 1699

Some of the most amazing stories of the human race revolve around the creation of a new path. One such ground breaking event was the creation of the Khalsa. The faithful and the curious had gathered in their hundreds in … Continue reading

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পণরক্ষা/Pawn Rokkha/THE OATH THAT HE SWORE

Reading about Bajirao Mastani on various Facebook walls reminded me of a poem from my childhood, the Maratha ditch that was built around parts of Calcutta in 1742 to keep the Maratha marauders out and a children’s rhyme about how … Continue reading

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25th Baishakh, 1941,Tagore’s final birthday and the last song he ever wrote: an account by Santidev Ghosh

“The whole of Bengal was taken up by the approaching celebrations of Gurudev’s birthday on 25th Baishakh in 1348 (Bengali calendar); I came back to Santiniketan at this time and went to meet him. He asked, ‘What is happening here … Continue reading

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