The East in its Feminine Gender
Translated by Charu C. Chowdhuri
Edited and Introduced by Krishna Bose and Sugata Bose
5.5 x 7 inches, 178pp, 3 halftones
special boxed set of 1 hb and 1 music CD. 2007
ISBN : 9781905422739
Rs 750.00 (HB)
Seventeen poems from Purabi (1925) form the core of this volume of translations of fifty-two thematically arranged poems and songs by Rabindranath Tagore. Purabi not only signifies ‘the East in its feminine gender’, as the poet put it, but also is the name of a wistful evening ragini whose spirit and mood seem to pervade this remarkable phase of Rabindranath’s poetic life. This book reveals a passionate Tagore, a poet who celebrated the wonders of this earth instead of just pondering the mysteries of the other world and whose irrepressible love of life was tinged with an acute awareness of its inexorable limits and tragedies.
An audio CD of sixteen poems and songs accompanies the volume.
Charu C. Chowdhuri (1895–1987) was an eminent legal and constitutional expert whose interests ranged from law to literature, mathematics to music. Known for his encyclopedic knowledge of a vast array of subjects, he translated poetry as a hobby.