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Soumitra reads out letters between Tagore & Jagadish Chandra at seminar on bard

Kolkata: Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee read out the letters exchanged between Rabindranath Tagore and Jagadish Chandra Bose at an international seminar on The Enigma of Science and Philosophy: the enduing vision of Rabindranath Tagore at Rabindra Tirtha in New Town on Wednesday.

Chatterjee was accompanied by his daughter Poulomi, a well-known theatre personality. The idea was conceptualised by Sushanta Duttagupta, former vice-chancellor of Visva Bharati.

It was Bose who had requested Sister Nivedita to translate Tagore's Kabuliwalla in English. When inquired by Tagore about the translator, Bose had replied that the translator was known to him but as the translator did not want, he would not disclose the name. The seminar was organised jointly by the Tagore Centre for Natural Sciences and Philosophy (TCNSP) and Maulana Abul kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS).

Tagore scholar Martin Kaempchen spoke on Tagore, Goethe and Einstein-a German communion. Gustavo Canzobre from Buenos Aires read a paper on Tagore Ocampo and Argentina-awakening of a new world.

Meanwhile, Dipak Saha of Jadavpur University spoke on Aesthetics and Science of music as perceived by Tagore, whereas noted scholar Uma Dasgupta spoke on Science Philosophy and action in Rabindranath's Sriniketan.

Bikas Sinha presented Master of Ceremony: The two poets based on an imaginary conversation between Tagore, Jagadish Chandra and his wife Abala. Noted Rabindrasangeet singer Mohan Singh Khangura presented the closing song.

Ashok Viswanathan, M Sasikumar and Debashis Sen, chairman, Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) spoke at the seminar as well.

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