All posts by: Alex Dunedin TSC

Visual Art and Cultural Revival: Sister Nivedita, Patrick Geddes, and the Tagores by Murdo Macdonald

Taking visual art as his guiding theme Murdo Macdonald explores the network of interdisciplinary thinkers that included Sister Nivedita, Patrick Geddes and Rabindranath Tagore. Attention is also given to the contribution of Rabindranath’s nephew Abanindranath, the leader of the Bengal school of painting. The analogies between Geddes’s advocacy of cultural revival in Scotland and Tagore’s advocacy of cultural revival in Bengal are also noted, as is the contribution of Ananda Coomaraswamy.  Read more

Patrick Geddes’s Intellectual Origins

Murdo Macdonald writes about his book Patrick Geddes’s Intellectual Origins (Edinburgh University Press, 2020)

I have been exploring Patrick Geddes’s work in a serious way since 1992 when I edited a Geddes edition of Edinburgh Review. The idea of writing a book grew over the years but the real issue was finding the right focus. Geddes is a wonderfully complex thinker who achieved a great deal in areas as diverse as botany, geography, ecology, sociology, urban planning and cultural activism. Read more

Bankura University

Fighting the Virus: Bankura University

While the Second Wave of COVID 19 virus began its devastation all over India, the small town Bankura peripherally located in the district of West Bengal did not go unharmed. In 2020 Bankura was almost untouched because there hadn’t been much scope for migration of people from different states and the imposition of strict administrative regulation in terms of social distancing proved to be helpful. Read more

Prof Bashabi Fraser

Rabindranath by Bashabi Fraser

This is a quartet of 2 Petrarchan sonnets and two Shakespearean sonnets which provide a kind of potted history of the Tagore family and their and Tagore’s contribution to the Bengal Renaissance, Tagore’s life, work, philosophy and legacy.

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