The Abode of Peace: A Nest Formed in the Universe

Reading Time: 7 minutesBadly in need of funds for his ashram, Tagore sought donations from abroad notably England and was dismayed to encounter the cool British snub. This was a fallout of his strong denouncements against the British imperialistic attitudes as well as his relinquishment of the knighthood. Yet the poet in him keenly empathised with the pain […]

One Last Tagore Birthday before My Death

Reading Time: 8 minutesA Diaspora, Dr. Partha shares the agony of a Bengali far away from homeland. He confesses, there are quite a few other Bengali immigrants both from Bangladesh and West Bengal — highly educated, scholarly and erudite — who are satisfied with the small society they have and therefore do not feel any particular urge to […]

A Peek into the Acclaimed Strings N Steps Festival

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe genesis of the name of the festival has a story of its own. Kathak dancer Sangeeta Majumder named this festival as ‘Strings N Steps’ after her ‘Kathak-Hawaiian Guitar Duet concept’, a performance with the Hawaiian guitarist Neel Ranjan Mukherjee. The innovative idea of presenting Kathak with a stringed instrument was perceived alongside the birth of ‘Strings N Steps […]

Wilma Casal: From Dance, to Healing, to Dance

Reading Time: 5 minutes  Wilma is an upcoming choreographer in the US; in her native Germany she was a prima ballerina. She could have had her choice of major ballet companies in Europe in which to be a principal dancer. Europe in general is far more generous than the USA. Had Wilma decided to continue her dance career in Europe, she […]

Romancing the Desert with Arabian Dances

Reading Time: 4 minutesAnumita takes a roller coaster desert safari in Dubai. Here’s an in-depth report on Arabian dance performances, Tanoura and Belly Dance. Sitting under the open air on Persian rugs spread out under my feet, I felt the gaiety in the air. Pluming up with the smoke drifting from the ‘sheesha’ (hukka) set at the different tables was […]