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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Tagore and Japan: A Retrospection

A Seminar on Tagore and his association with Japan

India has a long history of cultural relations with Japan. This dates back to 1902, the year which marks a historical meeting between two great intellectuals, Tenshin Okakura and Rabindranath Tagore in Calcutta. Tenshin, the forerunner of Japan-Bangla relationship, was deeply impressed by the revivalist movement on culture and an art, going on at that time in Kolkata. It is interesting to note that, Tenshin Okakura, the eminent art scholar whose nationalistic ideals are well known, during his short stay in Kolkata came into contact with nationalist leaders of Bengal. It is said that Okakura Tenshin played a significant part in the formation of the revolutionary group ‘Anushilan Shamity’ which waged violent anti imperialist movement in Bengal.

On returning to Japan he sent two distinguished artists, Yokoyama Taikan and Shimomura Kanzan to Kolkata, where they met Rabindranath Tagore and Abonindranath Tagore and exchanged opinions and artistic views. In 1905, Jinnosuke Sano, an ex-student of Keio University came to Santiniketan. He was a Judo instructor. During his three years of stay at Santiniketan, he also taught Japanese language, apart from teaching Jujutsu.

The relation was further enhanced by the five visits of Rabindranath to Japan (1916, 1917, 1924, 1929-twice). Since then there have been an intimate and lingering cultural and artistic tie between the two countries. These encounters had brought into contact a remarkable group of intellectuals and artists of Japan and Bengal.

On the eve of Tagore’s 150th Birth Anniversary, we, Japanese language Department, Jadavpur University & Sakura Academy, wish to organize a seminar on Tagore’s visit to Japan and its lingering cultural and artistic impact on both the nations.

This seminar will include lectures and oral communications.

Auditorium, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers
Dr. H. L. Roy Building, Gate No: 3, Jadavpur University Campus
188, Raja S.C. Mullick Road, Kolkata – 32

Date & Hour:
March 22, 2011, 10.30 AM – 5.10 PM

Aims of the Seminar:
This seminar can do justice to a period which has almost receded into oblivious past. It is a pity that, the spirit of cultural exchange that existed between Japan and Bengal in the time of Tagore and Tenshin, was thwarted after the 2nd World War. Tagore’s association with Japanese intellectuals of his time turns out to be a forlorn chapter in our cultural history. It is therefore useful and purposeful to organize a seminar on the subject which will allow the participants to share their knowledge and understanding. We hope that, this seminar will be profitable in bringing out new perspectives of this fraternity between Bengal and Japan.


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Abhijit Mukherjee
Professor & H O D, Department of Electrical Engineering, Jadavpur University & Joint Director, School of Languages, Jadavpur University
[An interpretation of the impact of his first visit to japan, on Tagore]

Other Speakers:

Dr. (Ms.) Niwa Kyoko
Professor, Tokyo Foreign Studies University
[Rabindranath Tagore and Noguchi Yonejiro]

Dr. Nabin Kumar Panda
Assistant Professor, Dept of East Asian Studies, Delhi University
[Tagore and Sano Junnosuke - a Study of Japanese Language in India]

Presentation of Papers:

Tagore and Japan: An Aesthetic Bond
Dr. Satyanarayan Bhattacharjee
Japan-Bangla Relation: Role of Okakura Tenshin
Mr. Probir Bikash Sarker

Tagore's Literature in Japanese Language
Mr. Debanjan Ghosh
Tagore and The Introduction of Jujutsu in Shantiniketan
Mr. Pratyay Banerjee, and
"Japanjatri" as a Travelogue
Ms. Suparna Chakraborty

Follow-up after the Seminar:
It is proposed to bring out a compendium of papers presented in the seminar.

For more information and registration
email: anindya.partha@gmail.com

Poster design: Arunabha Chakraborty