SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Critical Lives of Rabindranath Tagore

Bashabi Fraser

Date: 4 March 2020Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 4 March 2020Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Talk


Polymath Rabindranath Tagore was the first non- European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1913. But Tagore was much more than a writer. Through his poems, novels, short stories, poetic songs, dance-dramas and paintings, he transformed Bengali literature and Indian art. In this timely reappraisal of Tagore’s life and work, Bashabi Fraser assesses Tagore’s many activities and shows how he embodied the modern consciousness of India. She examines his ties to his upbringing in Bengal, his role in Indian politics and his interests in international relationships.


Bashabi Fraser is an academic, poet and the Co-founder and Director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (SCOTS). Her most recent publications include Scottish Orientalism and the Bengal Renaissance: The Continuum of Ideas (2017) and Rabindranath Tagore’s Global Vision (2015). Shelives in Edinburgh.

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