Rabindranath Tagore

Lee-Alison

Love Letters, Tagore And Kolkata In The Monsoon: An Interview With Lee-Alison Sibley

Lee-Alison Sibley, an author, social activist, teacher, theatre artist and singer was recently in the capital with husband George Sibley -- Minister-Counsellor for Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs at the US embassy. Her aim: to resurrect the lives of Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III from A R Gurney's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Love Letterson stage. Here she talks about the dying art of writing letters, her unforgettable memories in India, the three-tier role of an artist and more.
Dhaka Bangladesh

Tagore's Collective Arts and Secular Festivals: From Bengal To Bangladesh

Tagore conceived of the Utsav (festival in Bengali) as a celebration of diversity that included all. An Utsav for him represented a holistic celebration of human society, which presented an opportunity for aesthetic experience and creativity and, very importantly, appreciation of the gift of nature. These secular festivals continue to this day in Shantiniketan. However, nowhere does one find a truer, finer and grander expression of Tagore's original idea of an inclusive and artistic festival than in Bangladesh.