Dr John Stevens on 'The Art of Rabindranath Tagore'

The Arts Society Chiswick's April lecture

Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore

March 25, 2024

The Arts Society Chiswick’s April lecture by Dr Johns Stevens is about arguably the most important Indian artistic figure of the modern era: Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore was a renowned poet, novelist, composer and painter, he is also the only person in history to have written the national anthems for three countries. He became a global sensation when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, the first non-European to do so. This lecture provides an introduction to Tagore’s remarkable life and work, including his novels, poetry, songs and paintings. It also explores the role Tagore’s art played in the story of India’s fight for independence..

Author, teacher and lecturer, Dr Stevens gained his PhD in History from UCL, before going on to teach British Imperial History, Indian History and Bengali Language at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London). He is a regular visitor to India and Bangladesh and has lectured at numerous Indian universities. He also works as a consultant on Indian affairs and teaches the Bengali language to private students. He has appeared many times in the Indian media, and was a guest on BBC Radio Four’s In Our Time, discussing Rabindranath Tagore.

Olivia Freeman, Chair, The Arts Society Chiswick says, “We welcome both members and guests to this intriguing foray into ‘the Bard of Bengal’”.

The lecture takes place at 8:00pm on Thursday, 11 April at POSK on King Street in Hammersmith. Doors open at 7pm, as does the private bar and guests are very welcome for a payment of £10 on the door.

Membership of the Arts Society Chiswick includes 10 expert lectures on the 2nd Thursday of every month (except August and December) and the opportunity to participate in tours, visits, social events and special interest days. For more information see https://theartssocietychiswick.org.uk

Membership of the Arts Society Chiswick includes ten expert lectures on the second Thursday of every month (except August and December) and the opportunity to participate in tours, visits, social events and Special Interest Days. For more information see the society's web site.

The Arts Society Chiswick brings people together through a shared curiosity for the arts, to create opportunities for everyone to be part of a diverse community in which they can enjoy, learn about, participate in, and preserve the Arts and Cultural Heritage.

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