Category Archives: Tagore and rural culture

“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.” – Rabindranath Tagore 1926 quoted in Rabindranath Tagore: A Biography by Uma Das Gupta (Oxford University Press, New Delhi 2004)
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“Gurudev Tagore’s approach to education, the ambience of the gurukul system, lack of rigidity in the curriculum, and the emphasis on holistic education made me realize the possibility of there being a lot of room for improvement in the prevailing system of education Santhal children were subjected to.”
Infusing the Santhali Element in Schooling by Rina Mukherji
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“At Santiniketan, art was to be an integral part of an all-rounded education.” – Partha Mitter in The triumph of modernism: India’s artists and the avant-garde, 1922-1947
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“The worldview of Tagore is seeing the unity of reason and religion, spirit and matter and letting them dance together. This is the big vision where science complements spirituality, art complements ecology and freedom complements equality.” – Satish Kumar in “The Wisdom of Tagore” (Resurgence, Issue 266 May/June 2011)
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“Tagore—poet, internationalist, humanist[a]dvocated the importance of sowing the seed of humanism as early as possible, and fostering the individual’s enjoyment of education as well as their courage to challenge conventions.” – Rabindranath Tagore: adventure of ideas and innovative practices in education by Kumkum Bhattacharya (Springer, 2014)
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“Visva Bharati was established […] as part of a unique experiment to have classes not indoors but outside in nature. […] About religion, [Tagore] wrote, ‘Those who in the name of faith embrace illusion, kill and are killed.’” – Atanu Mitra (Scroll.in 17 August 2020)
https://scroll.in/article/970959/why-the-decision-to-cancel-historic-fairs-at-tagores-university-sparked-violence-and-vandalism

“He was the severest critic of its social institutions and religious practices which encouraged superstition and inequality and tolerated injustice. […] The religion he preached was the religion of man, the renunciation he extolled was not of this world but of the base passions of cupidity and hatred, the freedom he fought for was not of one people to exploit another but the freedom of the human personality from all that strangles it, whether it be the tyranny of an external organization or the worse tyranny of man’s own blind ego and lust for power. […] If Tagore had done nothing else, what he did at Santiniketan and Sriniketan would be sufficient to rank him as one of India’s greatest nation-builders.” – Krishna Kripalani in Rabindranath Tagore: A Biography” (Oxford University Press 1962, reprint Santiniketan 1980)
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Teaching Santal children by Boro Baski

Since the inceptions of our organization we have been working towards striking a balance between our traditional way of life and modernity. The transition to a modern life should be gradual and not stressful, and allow us to keep rooted … Continue reading

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“Indigenous Wisdom”: Webinar 9 August 2020 on the occasion of Indigenous Day 2020 – West Bengal

Information and the link about the on-line discussion scheduled on 9th August 2020.  To celebrate World Indigenous Day, Kolkata Centre for Creativity in association with Museum of Santal Culture, Bishnubati will initiate pertinent dialogues on India’s indigenous tribal communities. It is … Continue reading

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“Everyone wants to learn”: School programmes devised by expert members of the Santal community to facilitate development from within – West Bengal

Boro Baski was the first in his village to receive a formal education and now he is making sure that others do too. | To read the full story with more photos, click here >> […] “Everyone wants to learn … Continue reading

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Essays on rural life and education by Dr. Boro Baski – West Bengal

RURAL LIFE 12/07/2016 – by Boro BaskiLost in translationMissionaries have contributed to disrupting Adivasi traditions, but helped to save heritage as well RURAL LIFE 10/07/2016 – by Boro BaskiSaving our heritageProtection of Adivasi culture and traditions helps members of India’s … Continue reading

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The art of Santiniketan’s Ramkinkar Baij (1906-1980): Evoking the rugged poetry of Santal village life – West Bengal

Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Gopal Ghose, Gobardhan Ash… and now Ramkinkar Baij (1906-1980). The year 2013 may yet prove to be one of rich retrieval of art heritage, some of it marginalized in Bengal’s collective memory. Although wide recognition did not … Continue reading

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