Professor Indra Nath Choudhuri: Chair of The Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies

Indra Nath Choudhuri was the Chair of ScoTs from 2013-2015. 

Professor Indra Nath Choudhuri
Professor Indra Nath Choudhuri

He was in Academics, Administration and Cultural diplomacy. He taught in Delhi University,Uccha Siksha aur Sodh Sansthan,DBHP, Hydrabad and University of Bucharest (as an ICCR visiting Professor) and was visiting Professor in many other Universities including Central University Hydrabad, and CIEFL, Hydrabad, Jadavpur University and JNU, Delhi.

A distinguished Cultural Administrator of India. He was Secretary to Sahitya Akademi and Minister (Culture), Indian High Commission, London and Director, The Nehru Centre, London.  Was Member Secretary and Academic Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.

Specialization: Literature, Theory, Aesthetics, Dramaturgy, Religion, Cultural and Translation studies.

Fellow of Temenos Akademi, UK and also Millennium Trust, Kent, UK. Indra Nath received many awards including the most prestigious Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Ministry of  HRD Ganga Sharan Singh Award from the President of India in 2007 and also Delhi Hindi Academy award 2009.


Research and Publications

Indra Nath Choudhuri has written books on Comparative Literature, Poetics and Aesthetics in Hindi, English and Bengali.

Latest books : “The Genesis of Imagination”: Selected Essays on Literature.  Theory, Religion and Culture, 2001 (Sterling) and “Sparks Fly Upward: Three Essays on Aesthetics”, 1999 (Temenos, London), Comparative Literature: Some Perspectives (2006, Hindi), Hinduism: Religion without Religion ( to be out in January,2011),and more than 5o research papers which include  about a dozen papers on Tagore.

He participated in a number of international seminars and conferences in India and abroad. Lately, he participated in an extended  and closed (only 21 participants from 10 countries) seminar for five weeks, Sep-Oct 2009 at the Centre for study of Culture and Philosophy, Washington. Chief Editor, Concise Hindi Encyclopedia, Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Agra, Ministry of HRD and also Chief Editor, Revised Version of the Encyclopeadia, Sahitya Academi; Was Member, Board of Languages and Translation, IGNOU and also the Academic Council, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University and Member, Executive Board, Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata. Now he is Member Secretary of  Vatsal Nidhi of which Dr Karan Singh is the President and also Member Secretary of Sasta Sahitya Mandal of which former Chief Justice P.N.Bagwati is the President.

“Swami Vivekananda’s Concept of Nation, Nationality and Nationalism”, in the book “Understanding Vivekananda”, published by RMIC, Calcutta, September, 2013.

“The Other and the Self: Tagore’s Concept of  Universalism”, in the book Tagore At Home in the World, edited by Sanjukta Dasgupta and Chinmoy Guha, SAGE, 2013.

“Letters of Tagore and His Notions of the Feminine”, in the book “Interdisciplinary Alter-natives in Comparative Literature”, Edited by E.V. Ramakrishnan, Harish Trivedi, Chandra Mohan, SAGE, 2013.

“Harmony of Religions and Fundamentalism”, in the book “Reflections on Harmony of Religions”, published by RMIC, Calcutta, March 2014.