1. Tagore had a fascination for blue flowers. Knowing this his friend W.W. Pearson brought a sapling of a creeper from South America. The poet planted the sapling in a corner of his house, Konark. After a long wait, the creeper burst into blue flowers. The poet was not only gave it a Bengali name but also gave it a place in his poetry, hailing it as “Nilmonilata”. What was the flower?
2. This flower is associated with Lord Krishna. Tagore used it in many poems, especially in describing the rainy season. Name it.
3. This is a large tree with broad green leaves and pale yellow flowers that appear in axillary panicles during spring. Tagore has given it a special place in the poem Smaran (published in Sejuti, 1938). He has written: “Jokhon rabo na ami morto kayay/ tokhon smorite jodi hoy mon/ tobey tumi esho hetha nibhrito chhayay jetha ei Chaitrer ____ bon.” Fill in the blank with the name of the tree.
4. Tagore was fascinated by white feathery long flowers that bloom at the onset of autumn. This heralds the arrival of Durga puja. Name the flower.
5. Tagore wrote a passion play named after this flower which has been used as a symbol of joy and love. Identify the play.
6. In 1863, Debendranath Tagore, in the course of his travel, visited Bolpur where he saw only a pair of trees on an open wasteland of eroded soil. He liked the place and got down from his palanquin, sat under the shade of one of the trees and soon fell into a deep meditation. Later in 1901, Rabindranath started a small school at this place under the name Shantiniketan Brahmachary Ashram. Name the tree.
7. In a poem for children, Tagore described this tall tree as standing alone on one leg, towering over all other trees. Identify the tree.
8. In his novel Shesher Kabita, Rabindranath introduced a hilly red flower to his readers. Name the flower.
9. This purple blue flower was first introduced to the poet by Maitrayee Devi in 1939, when he was her guest at Mongpu. The poet liked the exotic blue flower, but did not like the name. “Emon sukumar rupey emon dantabimordini naam,” he had exclaimed. Name the flower.
10. The people of Tasher Desh wore anklets made of wood from which tree?
|(From left) Kadam; Kash; A scene from the play Rakta Karabi; Chhatimtala in Santiniketan; Rhododendron.
1. Nilmonilata; 2. Kadam; 3. Sal; 4. Kash 5. Rakta Karabi (Red Oleander). 6. Chhatim. 7. Tal (Palmyra palm) 8. Rhododendron 9. Jacaranda 10. Tamarind