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Publisher:Penguin Books
Published In:2009
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.41 lbs
Pages:pp. xvi + 291 + [iii], [24] Pages of Plates (Mostly Col.), Index, Notes

The Title "Rabindranath Tagore The Singer and his Song 1st Published" is written by Reba Som. This book was published in the year 2009. The ISBN number 0670082481|9780670082483 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. The book displayed here is a 1st Published edition. This book has total of pp. xvi + 291 + [iii] (Pages). The publisher of this title is Penguin Books. We have about 108788 other great books from this publisher. Rabindranath Tagore The Singer and his Song 1st Published is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

We often forget that Gitanjali, the Book of Poems for which Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, was actually a collection of songs. In his lifetime, Tagore was most renowned for his songwriting. But today, outside Bengal, his music remains largely unknown and his songs are scarcely understood. Much of what Tagore experienced in life-his frustrations, his grief, his sense of devastation-were expressed in songs. The distinction of Tagore’s musical oeuvre lies in the near-perfect balance that he achieved between the evocative lyrics, the matching melody and the rhythmic structure in which each song is bound. Even his art, which flowered late in his life, was influenced by music. Music, in fact, is the key to understanding Tagore: the man and his greatness. This Biography maps out chronologically the musical journey of the poet with Anecdotes and allusions, and includes translations of some of Tagore’s most evocative songs. It is also illustrated with photographs and paintings that are crucial to the understanding of Tagore as a musician.

About the Author

Reba Som was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta and received the university gold medal for standing first class first both at the graduation and post-graduation examinations. She completed her PhD in History from Calcutta University. Currently Director of ICCR Kolkata's cultural flagship, the Rabindranath Tagore Centre, she has been the recipient of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 2000. Her publications include Differences within Consensus : The Left-Right Divide in the Congress 1929-39 (Orient Longman, New Delhi, 1995); Subhas Chandra Bose and the Resolution of the Women's Question (Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi, 2002); and Gandhi, Bose, Nehru and the Making of the Modern Indian Mind (Penguin Viking, New Delhi, 2004).

Reba Som is also a trained singer of Rabindrasangeet; her compact disc. Selected Songs of Rabindranath Tagore (III Millenneo, Rome, 2003 and Saregama India, May 2004), includes her English translations and transliterations of Tagore's lyrics. Cover Design : Rupin Suchak



1. Introduction
2. Early Beginnings
3. Music in the Family
4. Kadambari Debi : The Poet's Musk
5. The English Interlude
6. Musk; and Feeling
7. Marriage and Death
8. Householder
9. Shelidah
10. Jeevan Devata
11. Three Phases of Musical Journey
12. Gitanjali
13. The Singer and his Song
14. Reaching out to the World
15. Visva Bharati
16. Rabindrasangeet
17. Evening Melody : Victoria Ocampo
18. Fresh Creative Vitality : Art and Dance
19. The End
20. The Genius