Hyderabad: The British Council is celebrating 150 years of Rabindranath Tagore’s birth anniversary with a range of collaborations, performances and publications through 2011-12.
Beginning May 9, 2011, the British Council, in collaboration with Penguin, will display several titles including his collection of poetry, novels as well as texts written on Tagore himself at the British Council offices in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and at British Libraries in Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Chandigarh.
Some of the books on display include Farewell Song (Tr. Radha Chakravarty) (Modern Classics), Gitanjali (Tr. William Radice), I Won’t Let You Go: Selected Poems (Tr Ketaki Kushari Dyson), Jewel That Is Best, The: Collected Brief Poems (Tr. William Radice) Kabuliwalla: Stories (Tr. William Radice) (Penguin Evergreens), Singer and His Song, The (Reba Som), Women of the Tagore Household (Chitra Deb), Boyhood Days (Tr. Radha Chakravarty; Intro: Amartya Sen) (Puffin Classics) and Prince and Other Modern Fables, The (Tr. Sreejata Guha).
These displays will also spark quizzes and discussions on Tagore featuring Penguin authors at different venues through the year.
In August, the Annual Inter-School Drama festival in association with Central School of Speech and Drama, UK, will be based on themes from Tagore books and will travel across the country involving a wide range of schools. The festival will showcase the Theatre in Classroom Project with inputs such as script writing, acting, costume designing, technicals and pedagogy.
Journeys — writings from the South Asian Diaspora — in association with Sampad Birmingham will witness applications, short listing and selected publication of writings inspired by Tagore through a competition. The final publication will be launched at the British Council offices in March 2012. (NSS)