Tagore Centre’s celebration of the 70th year of Indian Independence
Tagore Centre’s celebration of the 70th year of Indian Independence

Tagore Centre UK proudly recalls the fruitful association with the Nehru Centre over the years in presenting various events concerning Tagore as above. In this year of India-UK Year of Culture 2017 and the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence, we present a talk and performance of music & dance.

Dr. Santanu Das, a well-known academic will talk about Tagore`s reflections on Nationalism. Educated in Kolkata and Cambridge, Santanu Das is currently Reader in English at King’s College London. He is the author of the award-winning monograph Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature (Cambridge, 2006) and Indian Troops in Europe, 1914-1918 (Paris, 2014) and the editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Poetry of the First World War (2014). Recently, he presented a two-part programme ‘Soldiers of the Empire’ for BBC Radio 4 and on Tagore and Sarojini Naidu for BBC Radio 3. His next book South Asia and the First World War: Literature, Photography and Music, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2018.

The cultural presentation: led by the talented young musician Mr. Rishi Bannerji. At the age of 14, Rishi was taken under the wing of Santiniketan exponent Pramita Mallick who continues to guide and mentor him. Rishi also trains in Hindustani Classical Music from Chiranjib Chakraborty and Dhrupad from Pandit Falguni Mitra. Having worked with the esteemed artists such as Pandit Birju Maharaj, Sharmila Tagore, and Irish folk singer Anna Tanvir, Rishi has performed in numerous cities and prestigious venues across the UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Croatia, USA, Bangladesh and India, promoting the works of Rabindranath Tagore and the rich heritage of Bengal across the globe.

The other accompanists are Susmita Bhattacharjee, Anuradha Pal Chaudhuri, Modhusree Dey-Ghatak, Ruby Bunker and Indranil Chakravarty . Chitrita and Gul Nahar participating musicians, Suchismita in dance, Tabla by Arunava and Keyboard by Amit. Narration by Sanchita, and Subarna.

Date & Time: Wednesday 12 July 2017, 06:30 pm
Venue: Tagore Centre UK