A unique, Wikipedia-style project to crowd-source and bring together the complete works of Rabindranath Tagore and make it available for free online was launched at the Nehru Centre here on Friday.
Bengaluru-based IT professional Subhanjan Sarkar said anyone with knowledge of Bengali could choose a portion of his works and submit recordings to the open audio library, including his 2,200 songs, at www.thetagoreproject.org.
“The Tagore Project is based in the Wikipedia model; nothing like this exists anywhere for any artiste. We are not collecting any donations but partnering with the Akshay Patra Foundation”, Sarkar told the audience.
He said most people know around 200 songs of Tagore, but nearly 1,500 more were largely unknown. The project will help introduce and preserve his works in one place, and make them available to anywhere, anytime, for free.
The event saw the launch of the project online as well as a mobile app. Sarkar said chapters will be established in India and various countries to interact with scholars and others who possess archives of knowledge of Tagore’s work, and put their audios online.