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The contours of affinity: Satyajit Ray and the Tagorean legacy

Sengoopta, Chandak (2012) The contours of affinity: Satyajit Ray and the Tagorean legacy. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 35 (1), pp. 143-161. ISSN 0085-6401.

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This paper seeks to demonstrate the complexities of the Tagorean legacy through a re-examination of Tagore's influence on the filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Reappraising Ray's brief period at Santiniketan and some of his most celebrated engagements with Tagore, the essay argues that contrary to conventional wisdom, Ray was not a wholehearted follower of Tagore but a critical and creative interlocutor. The nuanced interpretation of his relationship with Tagore that Ray himself proffered in his last film Agantuk (1991), the essay suggests, is more persuasive than the exaggerated notions of Ray's Tagoreanism propagated by the vast majority of his biographers and critics.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Tagorean legacy, ‘The Postmaster’, Teen Kanya, Charulata, Agantuk, Tagore and cinema, Ray and Tagore
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 15 May 2012 07:16
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:23

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