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'Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet of Eternity' is more of a tutorial than a living history

'Tagore' does manage to convey the reverence that the poet, essayist, novelist, painter, and composer inspired. 

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Portrait of Bengali poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright Rabindranath Tagore taken in 1931 at an unknown location.

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Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was, in his day, perhaps the most famous and universally acclaimed artist in the world. He was a poet, essayist, novelist, and short-story writer as well as a painter and composer of music. He was the first non-European winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and also the founder of a progressive school that countered the orthodoxies of the prevailing education system in India. 

The documentary “Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet of Eternity,” directed by Partha Bhattacharya, is aimed at an audience of students and educators, and it’s more of a tutorial than a living history. But it does give us a sense of the sheer reverence Tagore rightly inspired. Grade: B (Unrated.)


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