Celebrate Tagore All This Week at the NCPA
In the last six months, we’ve seen Rabindranath Tagore provide inspiration for everything from an indie pop song and a contemporary dance show to a hit Bollywood ballad. Part of the reason we never seem to get enough of Tagore is because there is just so much of Tagore to choose from: the Nobel prize-winning polymath’s cultural legacy spans an expanisve range of works for our musicians, dancers, theatre directors and filmmakers to mine. It’s fitting then that the city’s foremost cultural organisation, the National Centre for the Performing Arts should celebrate Tagore’s 150th birth year with a five-day festival entitled Timeless Tagore, a series of events that not only highlights his immense influence on our creative industries but also serves as a primer to the man himself.
They include a lecture-demonstration entitled “Essential Tagore”, a sort of 101 on his life, music, poetry and personal philosophies, by author and Rabindrasangeet singer Reba Som on Wednesday, March 28 (Experimental Theatre, 6.30pm, tickets priced at Rs100 and Rs200); and two events on Sunday, April 1—a staging of New Delhi-based Odissi dancer Ranjana Gauhar’s interpretation of Tagore’s 1892 dance drama Chitrangada (Experimental Theatre, 11.30am, tickets priced at Rs100 and Rs200); and the festival finale “Tagore Redux”, a multi-disclipinary performance jointly conceptualised by writer and film producer Pritish Nandy, Hindi film director Sujoy Ghosh and painter Paresh Maity that will feature contemporary reworkings of Tagore’s music, verses and art by filmmaker and poet Gulzar, singers Rekha Bhardwaj and Shaan, and theatre director Salim Arif (Tata Theatre, 7.30pm, tickets priced at Rs200, Rs300 and Rs600). See the full schedule here.