Rabindranath Tagore an Illustrated Life

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Item Code: NAF915
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Author: Uma Das Gupta
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9780198076001
Pages: 154
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 190 gm
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About The Book

Poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright, musician, painter, and founder of a new education at Santiniketan and Sriniketan, Rabindranath Tagore was one of India’s foremost creative minds. This biography covers the important phases of Rabindranath’s life from his childhood years in the Tagore household to becoming a poet and writer. It provides a perceptive account of the forces that moulded his life’s thought and action.

Exploring Rabindranath’s views and writings on the historical and political issues of the age, especially his thoughts and ideas on India’s history, nationalism and internationalism, religion, humanism, the nation’s self-esteem, as well as his experiments in education and rural reconstruction at Santiniketan, Sriniketan, and Visva-Bharati, Uma Das Gupta’s lucid narrative offers the key to understanding the quintessential renaissance man.

Profusely illustrated with rare photographs, this biography is an insightful journey of the genesis of Tagore as a creative personality, activist, critical thinker, and will appeal to readers across generations.


About The Author

Professor Uma Das Gupta studied for her BA and MA in History at Presidency College, University of Calcutta, followed by a D.Phil. in the same subject from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral dissertation on late nineteenth century British Indian History was published as Rise of an Indian Public: Public Opinion and Public Policy in India, 1870-1880. Her postdoctoral research is on Rabindranath Tagore’s educational ideas and the history of his institutions at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, and Sriniketan.

Professor Das Gupta’s published works include Science and Modern India: An Institutional History, c. 1784-1947 (Pearson Longman 2010); The Oxford India Tagore: Selected Writings on Education and Nationalism (Oxford University Press 2009); Rabindranath Tagore: My Life in My Words (Penguin Books 2006); Rabirtdranath Tagore: A Biography (Oxford University Press 2004); A Difficult Friendship: Letters of Edward Thompson and Rabindranath Tagore, 1913-1940 (Oxford University Press 2003); and Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis and Rabindranath Tagore (Indian Statistical Institute and Ananda Publishers, 2002), with the last work being in Bengali.

Currently as National Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Simla, Professor Uma Das Gupta’s work is focused on exploring the place of Santiniketan in India’s nationalist history through the letters exchanged between C.F. Andrews, Rabindranath Tagore, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and Jawaharlal Nehru, 1913-40. She was formerly Research Professor, Social Sciences Division, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.




1 Acknowledgments ix
2 Family and 'Servocracy' 1
3 Brothers at Work 13
  Schooling and Home Education  
4 Becoming a Poet and a Writer 29
5 Marriage, his Acquaintance with Death, and his Family 40
6 Becoming a Humanist 52
  Ebar Phirao Morey  
7 The Santiniketan School 63
  A New and Alternative Education  
8 From School to an International University 77
9 Sriniketan 91
  An Experiment in Rural Reconstruction at Visva-Bharati  
10 Rabindranath’s Nationalism 103
  How was it Different from Gandhi’s?  
11 I am Restless' 114
  Rabindranath, an Indefatigable Traveller  
12 Rabindranath as Painter 125
13 Rabindranath’s Legacy 131
  About the Author 143
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