Celebrating Tagore

Ongoing festival brings together dance recitals, concerts and plays that interpret the Bengali polymath’s works.

art and culture Updated: Mar 30, 2012 17:19 IST
Nirmika Singh
Nirmika Singh
Hindustan Times

The National Centre for Performing Arts’ (NCPA) ongoing festival, Timeless Tagore, attempts to encapsulate Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s mammoth legacy on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary this year. The five-day fest flagged off on Wednesday and features dance recitals, concerts and plays.

“We have crafted this festival to reflect the works of Tagore for aficionados and a generation that should rediscover his genius. The audience will get a glimpse of the depth of his works as a poet, playwright, painter, and composer. We’re sure it would satisfy their appetite to explore further,” says Khushroo N Suntook, chairman, NCPA.

National Award-winning actor Seema Biswas will perform two mono-acts — Stree Patro and Jeevit Ya Mrit — tomorrow. The plays have been adapted from Tagore’s short stories that revolve around well-structured female protagonists.

“Stree Patro employs an ornamental language, just like the original piece of work. I’m the actor and director of this mono-act,” says Seema, adding, “I was a bit panicky at times about how the play would shape up, and how I’d pull it off on stage all alone. But it’s extremely exciting too, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Jeevit Ya Mrit is directed by Anupama Kapoor and discusses the status of widows in society. “It was written nearly 100 years ago,” says Seema, “But it’s relevant even today.”

Noted artistes such as Rekha Bharadwaj, Shaan, Pritish Nandy and Sujoy Ghose among others will be participating in a finale event on April 1 called Tagore Redux, which will bring out contemporary interpretations of Tagore’s work.

First Published: Mar 30, 2012 17:18 IST