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Singing Tagore

When Nov 30, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 11:55 PM
Where Brechemin Auditorium
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In the autumn of 1916, poet, composer, novelist, children’s book author, playwright, painter, philosopher, educator and founder of a thriving university, Rabindrananth Tagore sailed into Seattle, his first stop on an American tour. Tagore had won the Nobel Prize, the first non-European to do so, three years before his visit. His arrival was front-page news in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

A group of collaborators, musicians and singers from Uttoron, the Bengali Association of Seattle, including South Asian Center Librarian Deepa Banterjee, will peform a selection of Tagore songs. Fulbright Senior Research Scholars to India, visual artist/writer Don Fels and musician/composer Rob Millis will each discuss aspects of Tagore’s creative output, with an eye to exploring what his presence might have meant in Seattle a century ago, what it might mean today. They will also present a video of archivist and musician Moushumi Bhowmik offering a contemporary Calcutta perspective on Tagore. History Professor Anand Yang will join the discussion at the conclusion of the performance. He grew up at Santiniketan, the university that Tagore founded.

Hosted by the UW South Asia Center

Where: Brechemin Auditorium

When: Wednesday, November 30th

Time: 7-9pm

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