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Nuggehalli Pankaja : The Voice of Tagore

Study of Head 2. Image courtesy - NGMA, New Delhi

The Voice of Tagore

From the chasm of the past,

Came floating - afloating,
The voice of the poet
Now dead and gone
But whither?
Surely not where
Each of us vanish
With our day’s work

He was too much of a man
To leave us and depart,
And too much of a God
To remain with us for long.

As the vibrating voice
Swirled past us,
Eddies rose in rivers resting,
Waves rushed to greet,
The man who always spoke,
In their language deep.

Brushing off their leaves shrivelled,
Trees stood straight,,
Love and zest once more
In their veins aflow,
While of spring he sang,
And the glory of autumn gone.

Buds oped before their time,
Sleeping butterflies,
Woke up with a jerk,
And ….
Flying to the new-blown
Hung loose in air,
Lost in the verse.

Slumberous clouds
Lost in laze,
Dashed in ripples,
Night smiled like day.

This poet whose tone
Ringing like a silver bell,
Booming into thunder-peal,
Merging present into past,
And past into future,
Whither has he gone,
And is …
This very minute?

With the petal of homage world-wide
Forming into
Memory –Halo,
Has left us-he has left us,
Whither? I wonder?

Like a star that shone
For a minute, then merged
Into the ocean
Has he departed.
But …

But the halo,
It remains
By the hands of time
Breathing even now,
Through a voice
Clear of flesh-clear of soul,

(Inspired by the recorded voice of Rabindranath Tagore, who was no more then) ...

Many years back, All India Radio had broadcast that emotional voice of the late poet,
reciting his poems, while the audience though not understanding even a word of
Bengali, heard spell-bound. I listened to his voice on the radio.


Focus – "Reading Across Time": Tagore Today

  Amrit Sen : Editorial

Lead Article
  Udaya Narayana Singh : Redrawing the Boundaries

Critical Essays

  Nation, History, Cultural Exchange
    Avijit Banerjee : Tagore’s Visit to China
    Bijoy Mukherjee : Rabindranath and Indian History
    Biswanath Banerjee : Tagore and Acharya PC Ray
    Sagarika Chakraborty : Tagore the Diplomat
    Soumitra Roy : Tagore’s Ghare Baire

  Responses to Caste and Gender
    Dhriti Ray Dalai/ Panchanan Dalai : Tagore’s ‘Chandalika’
    Dipankar Roy : Women in Tagore’s ‘Domestic Novels’
    Sanjukta Dasgupta : “Streer Patra” - A Feminist Text?
    Swati Ganguly : Gender, Sexuality and Conjugality in Samapti

  Translation and Reception
    Anindya Sen : Tagore’s Self-Translations
    Jayati Gupta : Whose Gitanjali is it Anyway?
    Sushobhan Adhikary : Cartoons on Tagore
    Usha Kishore : The Auto-translations of Rabindranath

  Rural Reconstruction and Ecopoetic
    Bipasha Raha : Experiments with Village Welfare
    Debotosh Sinha : Tagore and Rural Reconstruction
    Falguni Piyush Desai : Floriography in Tagore’s Poetry
    Marie Josephine Aruna : ‘Letters’ and Ecopoetics

  Aesthetics, Paintings and Dance Dramas
    Aju Mukhopadhyay : The Poet of Sublime Love
    Raghupathi K V : Aesthetics of Tagore and Sri Aurobindo
    Sudeshna Majumdar : Paintings of Tagore
    Sutapa Chaudhuri : Dance Dramas of Tagore

  Tagore and the Short Story
    Dominic K V : Tagore’s Short Stories
    Mausumi Sen Bhattacharjee : ‘The Hunger of Stones’

  Tagore and Visva-Bharati
    Anindita Chongdar : Anecdotes of Santiniketan
    Debmalya Das : The Visva-Bharati Quarterly
    Subodh Gopal Nandi : The Visva-Bharati Library

Creative Responses

    Sanjukta Dasgupta : Remembering Rabindranath

    Frank Joussen : Tagore and Walt Whitman
    Nuggehalli Pankaja : The Voice of Tagore
    Sanjukta Dasgupta : To Rabindranath
    Shambhobi Ghosh : Yet

  Ahmed A H S : Birthday and other poems
  Anup Maharatna : From ‘The Last Writings’
  Ashoka Sen : Africa
  Barnali Saha : The Vacation (Fiction)
  Naina Dey : Chance Meeting
  Parantap Chakraborty : The Son of Man
  Suranjima Saha : Preamble to a Journey
  Swapna Dutta : The Editor

  Amrit Sen:Behind the Veil & Tagore and Modernity
  Kumaran S : Pathos in the Short Stories of Tagore

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