Experiencing the Best of Rabindranath Tagore’s Artworks, Digitally

The National Gallery of Modern Art launches virtual tour to commemorate Tagore’s 159th birth anniversary.

Suman Mahfuz Quazi

As the lockdown in India stands extended, with tittle-tattle about the curfew extending further, especially in badly affected areas, such as Maharashtra, Ahmedabad, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, the world will have to find a “new normal.” The worldwide web, during these trying times, has come to the rescue, by offering you several experiences online to keep you engaged and motivated during the lockdown. 


In the latest development, we hear that the The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) has organized a virtual tour to commemorate literary great and nobel laureate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s 159th birth anniversary. Titled, “Gurudev – Journey of the Maestro through his visual vocabulary,” the virtual tour, which kicked off on May 7, will offer a peek into Tagore’s cherished artworks, drawn from NGMA’s reserve collection, themed under Portraits & Head study, The Human and Mesmerizing Nature, even as the gallery, along with other cultural organisations, remain closed to public due to Covid-19.


“It’s our endeavor to pay tribute to Rabindranath Tagore - a poet, novelist, and painter best known for being the first Indian to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. I feel proud to present Tagore’s works and his complete literary journey through this virtual tour from their home. At the end of this virtual journey, visitors can play the quiz also,” Adwaita Charan Gadanayak, director-general at the gallery told Zee News. 


The virtual tour will also include a textual critique on Tagore’s literary works, which includes a large body of work ranging from children’s literature to novels and poetry. 


At a time when we’re all cooped up inside our homes, this comes as a happy respite for cultural enthusiasts and fans of Rabindranath Tagore, whose birth anniversary is celebrated on May 9. The tour, which also includes a quiz that participants can take at the end of the tour, serves as a befitting tribute to a stalwart who wore many hats – from composing the national anthems for India and Bangladesh and creating masterpieces, to penning a host of riveting stories, be it popular short stories, like Kabuliwala or the Nobel-prize-winning collection of poems, Gitanjali, to gifting music enthusiasts an entire body of songs and compositions, collectively – and lovingly – referred to as Rabindra Sangeet.

You can check out the virtual tour here.


Image credit: Wiki Commons

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