Vol. III, No. 2, Autumn-Winter 2010 REVIEWS
TAGORE, Rabindranath, "Mind without Fear",
International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 3 (2) 7-10, 2010.
GLIGOR, Mihaela, "The International Tagore. The Problem", International
Journal on Humanistic Ideology 3 (2) 11-14, 2010.
O'CONNELL, Kathleen, "Rabindranath Tagore:
Envisioning Humanistic Education at Santiniketan (1902-1922)",
International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 3 (2) 15-42, 2010.
Abstract: This article traces some of the significant developments
that occurred in the first two decades, as the Santiniketan School
evolved from the Brahmacharyashram into Visva-Bharati, an
international learning centre. The first section focuses on the
historical context within which Tagore formulated his educational
vision, as well as some of his formative educational influences and
the historical origins of the Brahma-charyashram. Two documents are
then examined, in which Tagore discusses his educational priorities:
the first is a 1902 constitutional letter representing Tagore's plan
for the Brahmacharyashram; the other is a 1918 essay "The Centre of
Indian Culture" in which Tagore articulates his vision for
Visva-Bharati and Sriniketan. Here we find Rabindranath, using the
Buddhist learning centres at Nalanda, Taxila and Vikramshila as
indigenous idealized models, creating a broader educational
paradigm. Such a model emphasizes scholarship, hospitality,
cosmopolitanism and a harmonious relationship with the local
community. The concluding section examines the developments that
occurred between 1902 and 1922 and assesses Tagore's goals and
achievements from a present-day perspective.
Keywords: Santiniketan School, educational system, community,
learning, humanism, methodology.
SOM, Reba, "The Musical Journey of
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)", International Journal on
Humanistic Ideology 3 (2) 43-51, 2010.
Abstract: Much of what Tagore experienced in life was expressed in
songs. Music is, in fact, the key to understand Tagore, the man and
his greatness. The following pages will map out chronologically the
musical journey of the poet.
Keywords: music, life, poetry, songs, Tagore's universe.
MAJUMDAR, Subrata, "A Poet Made of Light and
Music", International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 3 (2)
Abstract: A brief exposition of Rabindranath Tagore's songs has been
made. Their relationship with Bengali folk songs and the classical
vocal music of the Indian subcontinent has been discussed. The
outstanding, original and unique features of Tagore's songs have
been stressed. A few examples have been included.
Keywords: Bauls of Bengal, Dhrupad, Flourish, Kirtan, Melody, Raaga,
GLIGOR, Mihaela, "Rabindranath Tagore. The
Inner World. Some Remarks about Poet's Religion", International
Journal on Humanistic Ideology 3 (2) 67-74, 2010.
Abstract: Rabindranath Tagore was essentially a religious thinker
and he always upheld the primacy of the soul. In his work My
Religion, he observed that "Man's religion is his innermost truth.
One's religion is at the source of one's being". But he was not
religious in the traditional sense and was least concerned with the
practices of the communal religion he belonged to (i.e. Hinduism).
The idea of a direct, joyful, and totally fearless relationship with
God can be found in many of Tagore's religious writings, including
the poems of Gitanjali. From India's diverse religious traditions he
drew many ideas, both from ancient texts and from popular poetry.
Keywords: Tagore, tradition, philosophy, influences, Religion of
BANGHA, Imre, "Tagore and Kosztolányi",
International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 3 (2) 75-86, 2010.
Abstract: Rabindranath Tagore is the universal poet. His works are
known everywhere in the world. Tagore in the writings of an East
Central European poet looking towards the Occident is the subject of
this article. The fervour that the man and his works received
diffused over East Central Europe. A close examination of his
reception, however, shows that this enthusiasm was a qualified one
in almost all places and that there were always voices criticising
or dismissing the "oriental sage".
Keywords: universal poet, translations, culture, Orient, Occident.
CHATTOPADHYAY, Madhumita, "Lord Buddha and
Buddhism seen through the Eyes of Rabindranath", International
Journal on Humanistic Ideology 3 (2) 87-110, 2010.
Abstract: Lord Buddha and Rabindranath Tagore are the cultural icons
of India. Tagore had great respect and admiration for Buddha. Though
Buddhist philosophy is generally believed to be anti-Vedic, but in
Tagore's observation, the teachings of Buddha and the Upanisads
speak of the same truth. This he tried to justify with the notion of
Brahmavih?ra and from that stand-point he tried to look at the
doctrines of Four Noble Truths and Nirv?na in a new way.
Keywords: Brahmavihara, four noble truths, Nirvana, maitri, karuna,
KÄMPCHEN, Martin, "Rabindranath Tagore in
Germany", International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 3 (2)
Abstract: Tagore was translated into German immediately after the
English versions of his books appeared. On his first visit to
Germany in 1921, he created a sensation with the public. Writers
were divided about his literary merits and his personality. Tagore's
lasting fame as a figure of world literature will rest on competent
direct translations into German.
Keywords: Tagore's works, translation, poetry, literature, culture,
BOBOC, Raluca, "Rabindranath Tagore: the Image
of the Poet as Pilgrim", International Journal on Humanistic
Ideology 3 (2) 123-133, 2010.
Abstract: Reconstructing the image of Tagore as pilgrim implies
embarking on a hermeneutic journey on several different maps. By
accessing the imaginary of pilgrimage and discussing it against
Tagore's wayfaring on the geographical, cultural and
existential/spiritual map, I endeavour to look into the way Tagore
rewrites the artist's strategies of reaching universalism and
attaining wholeness. To illustrate, pieces and poems from Gitanjali
are analysed to the conclusion that Tagore is a pilgrim of the
Keywords: pilgrimage, liminality of pilgrimage, pabbajja,
existential / spiritual map, "the innermost shrine", All-Man (Vishva-manava),
pilgrim of the heart.
BHATTACHARYA, Sanjukta, "Tagore's Idea of Self
- Finite and Infinite", International Journal on Humanistic
Ideology 3 (2) 134-162, 2010.
Abstract: As a poet and artist, Rabindran?th Tagore always aspired
towards the realization of the transcendental personality of man,
which he believed is immanent in the finite self only. In his
writings, he laid stress on the realization of unity between the
individual and the Universal Being through a perfect relationship.
With Tagore, "religion" is the ultimate awakening of man's
ego-consciousness in the Universal Consciousness. It is a process of
realizing the Infinite 'I' in the finite 'I', by the freedom of mind
and creative activities, for the goodness of humanity at large. The
aim of this paper is to bring out Tagore's bifocal idea of the Self
- the finite and the Infinite, his idea of humanism, Universal Man
and his very own way of discovering the "religion of man".
Keywords: Self, Religion of man, Tagore, Universal Man, finite,