Manipal: Manipal Centre of Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH) organised ‘A Day with Tagore’ on October 4, Sunday at the Gangubai Hanagal Auditorium to celebrate lesser known Indian Literature.
The event commenced with a dramatised reading of Aruna Chakravarty’s book, Jorasanko. The reading was done by Minoti, a radio artist from Delhi and Abhiri, a well-known actress while Jyoti Ghosh, and a professional singer performed the musical interludes.
The event concluded with the play ‘The Prophet and the Poet’ by Bangalore Little Theatre. The play was based on a compilation of letters and articles exchanged between Gandhi and Tagore over 25 years. “Tagore and Gandhi are two personalities who shaped modern Indian sensibility. They need to be explored and understood in the right perspective. This is one experience of how two great souls have conjugated their exchange of ideas in most civilized manner. The event has driven home its point”, said Prof Varadesh Hiregange, Director of Gandhian and Peace Studies.
The audience included chief guest Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor of Manipal University and scholars such as Priya Rao, Vinoti Chatterji, Shashank Purrushotam and guests from Delhi and Bangalore.
The event saw a very low turnout which let down the organisers of the event. Amala Poli, comparer for the event and part of the organising team said, “We are very disappointed with the low turnout. We expected a larger crowd but being it a three day long weekend most of the students left for their hometown. Other than this, we had the full support for Prof Varadesh who was always a call away. ”
“The event was historically well researched. There was depth of Tagore’s engagements from literature to politics to paintings. His work is always reduced to poems”, says Ajinkya Deshmukh, first year Humanities.
Edited by Antara Krishnamurthy