One of India’s most cherished renaissance figures, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) put us on the literary map of the world when his Gitanjali was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1931. A Poet’s poet, he is a maker of not only modern Indian literature but also the modern India mind. Myriad-minded, he was a poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, essayist, painter and composer of songs, Gandhi called him the ‘Great Sentinel‘. His world-wide acclaim as a social, political, religious and aesthetic thinker, innovator in education and a champion of the ‘One World’ idea makes him a living presence.
The Dancing Girl’s Worship (1927) is Tagore’s own translation of his Bengali drama Natir Puja. It is one of his simplest and most moving plays. it is comparatively free from symbolic complexities and intellectual abstractions. The drama is based on a Buddhist legend. According to Krishna Kripalani, in the character of Srimati, the nati (the place dancer)’ is symbolised the great historical drama of the challenge of Buddhism to orthodox Hindu society.
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