The publication is a facsimile reproduction of the 272-page scrap book that Tagore had originally done between 1934 and 1942.
It is titled Khuddur Yatra (Journey of Khuddu) and is one of the versions of the Ramayana that Tagore wrote.
It draws on a mode of storytelling that is splintered into multiple voices, tonalities and modes, to form a collage of doodles, diagrams, fashion drawings, natural history drawings, ornamental and abstract designs, emblems, insignia, labels, wrappers, advertisements, fragments of texts and captions cut from newspapers and periodicals.
“I chanced upon the manuscript while looking for pictures for a different book on Abanindranath that we were to publish. The search led me to the late Samitendranath Tagore’s (grandson of Abanindranath) home where his wife Shyamasree told me about this manuscript,” said Priyabrata Deb, publisher of Pratikshan, who is bringing out the book.
One thousand copies of the book are being published.