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Show: bard’s science book

Santiniketan, Jan. 21: A Sangeet Bhavana team headed by Visva-Bharati vice-chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta will stage a programme on Rabindranath Tagore’s only book on science — Visva-Parichay — at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday.

Dattagupta and Sangeet Bhavana teachers and students will read out excerpts from the book, perform Tagore’s songs and dance, and organise a slide show depicting the bard’s thoughts on science. An 18-member team today left for Delhi.

A varsity official said the team was sent following an invitation from President Pranab Mukherjee, who had liked a programme on Gitanjali by Sangeet Bhavana students during his visit to Visva-Bharati in December.

“Tagore had a deep interest in science. The programme — From Visva-Parichay to the God Particle — will showcase Tagore’s thoughts on science,” Dattagupta said.

In the preface to Visva-Parichay, published in 1937 and dedicated to scientist Satyendranath Bose, Tagore wrote about his interest in science since childhood. The poet had met Albert Einstein in Germany in 1930.

“Tagore had expressed his thoughts on science in songs like Akash Bhara Surjya Tara, Nrityero Tale Tale and Simar Majhe Asim Tumi. These songs will be performed at the programme. In the song Nrityero Tale Tale, Tagore wrote about an atom. ‘Nrityero boshey sundar holo bidrohi paramanu (the rhythm of dance has tamed a rebel atom and made it beautiful),’ he wrote,” Dattagupta said.