At an international collaborative conference organised by Manipal University and Edinburgh Napier University at Manipal in February 2020 on Society and Freedom(s): the Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore’s Ideas Today’, Prof Bashabi Fraser, Co-Convenor with Dr Padma Rani (Director, School of Communication at Manipal University) of the conference, interviews Dr Blanka Knotkova, a keynote speaker on her feminist perspective on Tagore’s work. The interview was recorded and produced by the Media students of the School of Communication at Manipal University.
Dr Knotkova is a postcolonial feminist scholar who specialises in Bengali Literature and is an expert on Tagore. She is Head of the Department of Asian Studies at Prague Metropolitan University and the Department of Gender Studies at Charles University in Prague. Prof Fraser, Professor Emerita is the Co-Founder and Director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs).