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Tagore's representation of education as the eternal tree of life
This site is a journey through the different phases of my life. From the beginning in Hartley's High School in Calcutta, to my post graduation degree from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, the legacy of the most celebrated and honoured poet of India, Rabindranath Tagore.
It also spans the other achievements of my life in varied areas like, arts, drama, singing as well as in sports. I was born in Calcutta, on the 13th of September in 1973. Although I was born and brought up in the Calcutta, I am presently in Santiniketan, the pilgrimage of every Bengali, nay, every Indian. Calcutta is the place where every Indian should grow up. At a time when everyone is looking west, Calcutta, still keeps one finger in each pie.
This is the only place in India, where you can still get the feel of the Indian culture, not to mention the Bengali culture. This city still loves to recollect its glorious past, it did really have a glorious past. This city was known as the "City of Palaces" during the late 18th, the 19th and the early part of the 20th century. It was also the capital of the British Empire of India, the "Jewel in the British Crown". The people of Calcutta still love to recollect its past days of glory and suffer a great deal of depression when they compare its present state with that of 1911, the year in which the capital of the empire was shifted from Calcutta to New Delhi.
But it is not just only the past that the people of Calcutta appreciates. They also understand and appreciate almost every other kind of art and sports. They are the most excitable kind of people in our country. People of this city has the uncanny ability of being able to do anything just for the sake of doing it.
Santiniketan, the "peaceful abode", as Debendranath Tagore named the place, was made famous by one man and one name, respectively, Rabindranath Tagore, Debendranath's son and the Visva-Bharati. As of today, Santiniketan, a small town in the state of West Bengal, of which Calcutta is the capital, is probably more renowned than any other town or city of India. Students still come from all corners of the globe, to assimilate the philosophy and culture of "Tagore", as he is known internationally, and "Rabindranath", as he is lovingly referred to in India. Visva-Bharati, the university founded by Rabindranath, claims to be carrying on his legacy.
Visva-Bharati, beyond any strech of doubt, is the richest university in India. It carries the copyrights on all of Tagore's works, and that in India is worth millions of Rupees. They have recently put up a website on the "Life & Times of Rabindranath Tagore". Although it is not the kind of website that it should be. It is rather bland and devoid of good graphics and pictures of either Rabindranath or Visva-Bharati (for a link to this page, go to the Favourites page). If you are a lazy one like me, just click on the Photo Section link at the top of this page, and you will find the two photographs that you will get to see in the Visva-Bharati page.
Finally, about me, I'm 25 years old and a Ph.D thesis student in Visva-Bharati, in Rural Development Department, in Palli Charcha Kendra. I have completed my Masters in Rural Development from Visva-Bharati in 1998. For a gist of my academic career, click on the Academic Record link at the top of this page. For a summary of my Personal Data (I'm still a bachelor and quite an eligible one at that), click on the link at the top of the page. If you would like to clarify anything you have seen or read in this page and want to send me an email, just follow the Send Mail link at the bottom of the page.
This page was last updated on Saturday, March 27, 1999.
This page was created by my friend Saurav Mitra. Everyone is welcome to visit his page.