Victoria Memorial. (File photo)
KOLKATA: In the event of India’s 74th Independence Day, Victoria Memorial Hall, ministry of civilization, shines a special light on Rabindranath Tagore through Google Arts & Culture. Due to this new digital display, users across the globe will have the ability to investigate portraits of him produced by different artists such as his daughter-in-law, handwritten letters and songs, and chosen photographs such as when Gandhi was seeing him Santiniketan — with only a couple of clicks in https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/victoria-memorial-hall
The especially curated virtual display, paying homage to Rabindranath Tagore, has been created for its internet visitors to find out more about the Nobel laureate who played his role in the freedom movement of India. A couple notable moments comprise how he compared Lord Curzon’s Partition of Bengal in 1905, also employed his own gift of the pencil to write tunes to combine the Bengali people — such as’Banglar Mati Banglar Jol’ (‘Soil of Bengal, Water of Bengal’) and’O amar desher mati tomar paaye thekai matha’ (‘O my motherland! I bow to thee’). In addition, he gave up the knighthood that he had been honoured by the British in demonstration of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in 1919.
A few of the highlights featured in the digital display are
* A rare picture, signed by Tagore, revealing him with Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi at Santiniketan in April 1940, when, despite his failing health, Tagore encouraged Gandhi for a trip.
* Four pages of a handwritten manuscript titled’Geetashtak‘ (‘Seven tunes’) composed by Tagore at Nuremberg and Munich on 18-19 September 1926, during his visit to Germany, the majority of which were afterwards set to music. One of this, is that the first version of the poem’Amar mukti ganer certain ei akashe’ [‘My liberation is in the tunes of songs, within this sky’],
* A set of fantastic pictures drawn by Pratima Devi, his daughter-in-law, by his brothers Abanindranath and Gaganendranath Tagore, by Jamini Roy and by Atul Bose.
Jayanta Sengupta, Secretary and Curator of Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, stated:”Considering that the museum remains closed, we’re attempting to boost our electronic existence on several different platforms. It has led us to utilize the innovative however user-friendly technologies given by this Google Arts & Culture platform to curate thematic exhibitions offering online visitors a publication experience and showcase comparatively less known facets of our diverse collection. In such sombre times, we’ve partnered with Google Arts & Culture to provide a little exhibition on the varied creative genius of the guy for all seasons, Rabindranath Tagore. It’s our hope that the display will help people participate with Tagore in hitherto unexplored ways.”
The Victoria Memorial Hall is India’s biggest and one of its earliest museum libraries, under the ministry of civilization. Representing the resplendent and majestic British structure, Victoria Memorial Hall stands now, as a veritable icon of the city of Kolkata. It had been envisaged by Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of British India, as a memorial to the deceased Queen Victoria. King George V, the then Prince of Wales, laid the foundation stone on January 4, 1906 and it was officially opened to the general public at 1921.