In search of Rabindranath ‘Thagore’ in Sri Lanka

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Penned by Shamik Chakrabarty
| Colombo |
Revealed:September 7, 2017 10:15 am


The garland is produced of tuberoses. Its refreshing aroma tells you that Rabindranath Tagore’s bust is tended to each individual working day. Professor Sandagomi Coperahewa bows in reverence in entrance of his idol ahead of ushering this correspondent to his office environment at the Centre for Modern day Indian Scientific tests (CCIS), a department of the University of Colombo arts school.

They phone the poet ‘Thagore’ listed here. Coperahewa describes the Nobel laureate as “the most famed foreigner” in this element of the entire world.

The Sri Lankan government’s college curriculum incorporates Tagore’s lifetime and is effective at ‘A’ amount, informs Coperahewa, the CCIS director. The undergraduate syllabus has the writer’s novel ‘Gora’ for English literature college students.

To mark the centenary of Tagore’s Nobel Prize, the University of Colombo brought out a commemorative ebook, ‘One Hundred A long time of Gitanjali 1913-2013’, exactly where Coperahewa translated some of the poems in Sinhala.

The professor tells about Sri Lankan scholars’ the latest initiative to translate the Gitanjali into Sinhala specifically from Bengali. He recounts his visits to Santiniketan.

“Once I stayed at Ratan Kuthi (a visitor property) and dropped in at a close by ebook keep in the night. I spoke in English and the store operator just disregarded me. Only when I informed him about my nationality did he open up his heart and fireplace,” Coperahewa says with a smile.

Ananda Samarakoon was a student at Santiniketan. The story has it that following Jana Gana Mana was adopted as India’s Nationwide Anthem, he asked for Tagore to give tune to the lyrics he wrote on Sri Lanka. Other accounts recommend Tagore wrote the music in complete and Samarakoon just translated it into Sinhala. Other people consider that the Sri Lankan composer was only encouraged by his learn. Base line is that Sri Lanka acquired Namo Namo Matha as its Nationwide Anthem in 1951.

“The educated Sri Lankans have a near feeling of proximity in the direction of Tagore. William Shakespeare hasn’t produced deep inroads listed here. Russian writers, Leo Tolstoy and Maxim Gorky, are alternatively a lot more popular. But Tagore towers more than the rest,” Coperahewa concludes.

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