Our Correspondent ● Kolkata: Rabindranath Tagore was the brightest star among the galaxy of talents once appeared together in the Jorasanko Thakur Bari. Many were overshadowed by his aura. Jyotirindranath Tagore was one of them. He is considered as one of the most tragic characters in the world of Bengali literature. People only remember him as ‘Jyotidada’ or ‘Notundada’ of Rabindranath. All that readers know about the man behind making of Rabindranath is that he went to oblivion at an age when the world of literature was expecting outstanding works from him.
Jyotirindranath was a multi-talented personality. He proved that through his literary and musical works. 'Jibonsmriti' of that great man is one of the few sources that help readers to explore the life and works of Jyotirindranath Tagore. Dey’s Publishing has published the book 'Jyotirindranather Jibon-Smriti' in a new form in a programme at the Jorasanko Thakur Bari on 12 December evening. The book was formally unwrapped by Professor Sabyasachi Basu Chaudhury, the Vice Chancellor of the Rabindra Bharati University, and former VC of the Visva Bharati University Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya. Besides the known arena the book also contains some important letters and diary entries which would give a deeper insight in to the life of this forgotten talent, Jyotirindranath.
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Chaudhury (right) and Bhattacharya (second left) with Debojit (middle) and publisher Apu Dey
The programme was a musical one. Conceptualised and written by Debojit Bandyopadhyay, who is also the editor of the Dey’s edition of 'Jyotirindranather Jibon-Smriti', and featured the songs of plays once performed at the 'Jorasanko Theatre'. Bandyopadhyay was accompanied by Riddhi Bandyopadhyay in songs. Debashish Basu has read the textual section of the whole script. It was aptly named as the ‘Jorasanko Manchogatha’.