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Suicide, Self-Consciousness : Re-nterpretation of Poet Jibanananda Das

Sunday 23 February 2020 at 6pm in Rich Mix London (35 -47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)
The event explores the life & works of a great Bengali poet Jibanananda Das through talks, reading, music and dance based on his compositions.

Jibanananda Das (1899–1954) is widely revered as the poet of melancholic nature of Bengal and the most remarkable poet of post-Tagore Bengali literature. "His oeuvre is unremittingly autobiographical, narrating desultory journeys into a vulnerable yet stoic, companionless life".


As part of the celebration of his 121st birthday of the poet, this event renders profound re-interpretation of some his major works in light of his contemporary world literature and philosophy by prominent academicians from Bangladesh and India through insightful talks.


Curated by poet Ahmed Kaysher, the event also will shed a new light on some of his phenomenal works and his suicidal nature through reading his works from English translation, presentation of unique music and dance based on his captivating lyrics. .

Hosted by Saudha in partnership with Kobi Kantha, the event features a prominent scholar of Bengali literature from India, former vice chancellor of Assam University Professor Dr Tapodhir Bhattacharjee, a Jibanananda researcher Dr Swapna Bhattacharjee and the chairman of Bengali literature of Dhaka University Professor Dr Bhismadeb Chouddhury.

Entirely new compositions based on Jibananda Das's moving lyrics will be performed by an extremely talented semi-classical singer Amith Dey, one of the best versatile Bengali singers here in the UK Srimati Gouri Choudhury and a prominent Tagore singer Sri Sanjoy Dey. and others

Visual interpretation of Jibanananda Das's haunting verses will be presented by Sharmishtha Pandit, Esha Chakravarty Bhattacharjee, Ishita Bhattacharya and other prominent classical dancers. .

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Venue: From Feb 23, 2020 to Feb 23, 2020 in Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road London E1 6LA


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