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A Tribute to Rabindranath Tagore

June 03rd, 2016

Tagore, a symbol of Bengali identity and culture, “the greatest poet India has produced, a gifted poet and musician was a Bengali polymath. As part of the one month celebration on the occasion of Tagore’s birth anniversary in the Embassy of India in Berlin, featuring in the Asia Pacific Weeks in Berlin an Indian Dance Theatre was presented by the Indo-German dance school Nataraj. The title, Liberation of mind, old and spirit expresses the controversion in the theatre and contain original Tagore texts from different poems, novels joined together for this occasion.

Tagore is one of his nation’s cultural treasures, who reshaped and modernised Bengali literature and indian art. In 1913 he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and the first Nobel Laureate in India. His art is viewed as spiritual and mercurial as the author of Gitanjali. Being foremost a poet, he was also a gifted musician and painter, his work includes novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, essays and theatre. Tagore was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West with combination of his travels all around the world, including Germany in the 1930th. As the highest honour, his composition were chosen by India and Bangladesh as national anthems.

The theatre combines Indian classical music, ragas with poetry from Tagore’s unique style Rabindranath Tagore. The story is about a girl, Shujana who since she learned how to write was reading the sacred hymns and was determined to study the fundamental works of the Patanjali in original language. To her mother, her intelligence was a constant cause for concern, but for the girl it was a misfortune. In a moment of levity the Creator had equipped her with more spiritual gifts than befitting for a woman. In her mind, she was free, she was herself.


"If life wildly indignant

it knows no crampyness, no hard anymore.

When tendons and pursuit overflowing,

they fear nothing in the world.

So much to say so much to sing, so much strength I have!

So great is my happiness, so deeply desire,

entranced by the life I am. "


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Bettina Kovacs, Berlin Global