Kamla Nehru to laud Tagore at cultural events
Kamla Nehru College is gearing up for a festive December as it is hosting two major cultural events — a play and a poetry reading session.delhi Updated: Dec 02, 2010 00:28 IST
Kamla Nehru College is gearing up for a festive December as it is hosting two major cultural events — a play and a poetry reading session.
About 25 students of the college will stage Chitrangada, one of Rabindranath Tagore’s famous dance drama, on December 4 in the college auditorium to commemorate the poet’s 150th birth anniversary.
A sensitive portrayal of Tagore’s idea of a modern Indian woman, the dance drama recounts the tale of a Manipuri princess who through her passion for Arjuna, the great warrior, realises her true and empowered entity as a woman.
“It has been four months since we have been rehearsing for the play. It has been an experience of a lifetime. The play signifies the importance of recognising one’s inner beauty as compared to the outer self,” said Nibedita Deb, a third-year student who will play the character of Kurupa Chitrangada.
Tagore will also feature in a poetry-reading session organised by the creative writing society of the college called Poetic Perceptions on December 9 at the India International Centre.
Organised in association with World Poetry Society, Canada, the session will feature poetry from several other countries.
While some poets will come to read their composition in the original language, others will have representatives who will read out the poems.
“Poetic Perceptions, which started in 2007, featured one country each year but this year we are expanding to many other nationalities. The whole idea is to expose our students to world literature, so they cannot only learn about new cultures but also find similarities with them with our own,” said Rita Malhotra, who teaches Mathematics in the college and is the organiser of the event.
Among the Indian poets who will participate in the event are K Sachidanandan, who will read out his composition in Malayalam and English, Sethu Sumanan in Tamil and English, LS Vajpayee in Hindi and English. One of Tagore’s poem ‘Sesh Saptak’ (Last Scale) will also be read out.