In connection with the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Indian/Bengali Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore receiving the Literature Prize in 1913, Stockholm Public Library (Stockholms stadsbibliotek) succesfully organised a Tagore programme on Monday 2 December 2013, at 18.00.
Per Olov Henricson gave a learned lecture on Tagore’s life and work, and reciting some beautiful poems in Swedish translatíon, and Bubu Munshi-Eklund sang his compositions in the original language Bengali. Listen to the song Phule Phule.
The seminar was also transmitted via Skype to the libraries in Visby and Arvika.
|Bubu Munshi Eklund, Achala Moulik, and Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison.|
Indian Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison participated and gave an inspired introductory talk, and Indian writer Achala Moulik from Shantiniketan, on a short visit to Sweden, talked about the Indo-Swedish connection that Tagore’s Nobel Prize came to initiate. Venue: Stockholm Public Library – designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund, being one of the most notable structures in the Swedish capital – on Sveavägen 73. More information about the event.
Henricson lives in Stockholm and has pursued non-academic studies on Tagore, but has lived and worked in Bangladesh for some years, and translated a number of Tagore’s poems into Swedish. During the programme, he deals with various aspects of his works and life, giving a personal account of reading the poetry in different English and Swedish translations. A special focus is put on the Nobel laureate’s role to connect the cultures of the East and the West, travelling to a large number of countries all over the World.
Bubu Munshi-Eklund is a professional singer, trained to sing Rabindranath Tagore’s songs at Rabindra Bharati University and Rabitirtha Institute in her native city Kolkata in India. She was trained by Suchitra Mitra and Kanika Bandyopadhyay. Since 1983, she is living in Lund, Sweden, but still regularly performing at rabindrasangheet concerts accompanying herself on the Harmonium, and is also the leader of Lund India Choir.