Thursday, August 18, 2016

Overview: Tagore - Plays and Songs

Comments: Rabindranath Tagore was a Nobel-prize-winning Indian author; in fact, he was the first author outside of Europe to win the Nobel Prize. You can read more about Tagore's life and career here: Rabindranath Tagore.

There are THREE separate books which contain the material for the Tagore reading unit:

The Fugitive (1921), a book featuring Tagore's short play Karna and Kunti which depicts the meeting of mother and son shortly before the Battle of Kurukshetra. You will find free online versions at Freebookapalooza: Fugitive.

Chitra (1913), a short play about the hero Arjuna and his love affair with Chitra during the time of Arjuna's self-imposed exile from Draupadi and the Pandavas. You will find free online versions at Freebookapalooza: Chitra.

Songs of Kabir (1915), which contains Tagore's translations of the songs of Kabir (c. 1440 – c. 1518), the great Indian mystical saint: Wikipedia: Kabir. You will find free online versions (including a free audiobook) at Freebookapalooza: Kabir.

Length: one week. I've divided the reading into two parts: Part A - Part B.


Karna and Kunti
Songs of Kabir: Read the first 50 poems (they are very short), and of course if you want to read more, please do so!

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