Shades of Difference : Selected Writings of Rabindranath Tagore
Radha Chakravarty (Ed.)
140 x 216 mm
Year of Publishing
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Social Science Press

This unusual collection brings together Rabindranath Tagore's writings on forms of difference based on gender, caste, class, nation, community, religion, language, art, literature, philosophy, social custom and political belief. Via new translations, along with Tagore's own writings, lectures and conversations in English, this illustrated anthology presents his complex, dynamic approach to commonly perceived dualities -- such as life/death, nature/culture, male/female, tradition/modernity, East/West, local/universal, urban/rural etc. -- to highlight his humanistic vision and its significance for us today.

The accompanying Audio Visual material, Tagore & His World, provides a broader context for Tagore’s evolution as a thinker and artist, offering glimpses of his life, travels, educational vision and creative experiments in the visual and performing arts. Through a range of contemporary adaptations from diverse sources and in different languages, it marks how Tagore’s spirit lives on today, his legacy undiminished, for the world at large.

Radha Chakravarty is a writer, critic and translator. She has co-edited The Essential Tagore, nominated Book of the Year 2011. She is the author of Feminism and Contemporary Women Writers and Novelist Tagore: Gender and Modernity in Selected Texts. She has translated some of Tagore’s important works, as well as the writings of several major Bengali writers from India and Bangladesh. She has also edited and co-edited a number of anthologies of South Asian literature. She was nominated for the Crossword Translation Award, 2004. She is Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi.


1.A Many Coloured World: Rabindranath Tagore and the Dynamics of Difference.

2. A Fantastic Tale.

3. The Living and the Dead.

4. Trespass.

5. Misplaced Hope.

6. The Parrot’s Training.

7. Chitra.

8. Chandalika.

9. The Music of the Bauls.

10. What is a Nation ?

11. The Greater Part.

12. State vs. Society.

13. The Welfare of the People.

14. Construction vs. Creation.

15. Charkha, the Spinning Wheel.
16. An Eastern University.

17. The Co-operative Principle.

18. Rhythm.

19. Hindus and Muslims.

20. Gandhi and the Bihar Earthquake.

21. Woman.

22. The Divinity of the Forest.

23. Crisis in Civilization.

24. To Indira Devi.

25. To R.G. Pradhan.

26. To C.F. Andrews.

27. To Margaret Sanger.

28. To Hemantabala Devi.

29. Letters from Russia.

30. In Persia.

31. Tagore and H.G.Wells.

32. Tagore and Romain Rolland.

33. Tagore and Albert Einstein.

34. From Gitanjali.

35. From The Gardner.

36. Songs of Kabir.

37. From the Stray Birds.

38. From Fruit Gathering.

39. From The Fugitive.

40. From The Fireflies.

41. From Poems.

42. Kabir and the Woman

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