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An artist book ‘IF ONLY I WERE A BIRD’ by Rabindranath Tagore, Aurogeeta Das and Ansuman Biswas will be launched on Wednesday, 4 November 2015 at Nehru Centre, London at 6.30 pm . Asian Lite reports

book launchIf only I were a bird… is a limited edition artist book. Exploring the theme of birds, it weaves together the late Nobel Laureate in Literature Rabindranath Tagore’s and contemporary artist and author Aurogeeta Das’ mutual interest in winged creatures. Lavishly illustrated, it mirrors a curatorial selection of Tagore’s paintings of fantastical, bird-like forms with Das’ gouache and watercolour paintings of abstract birds.

Das researched and collected Tagore’s writings on birds, mostly from Stray Birds, a slim volume published originally in English. But If only I were a bird… also offers a handful of fresh translations and interpretations in the English by Aurogeeta Das and Ansuman Biswas, from Tagore’s original writing in Bengali. Inspired by Tagore’s reflections on birds, Das wrote new poetry for this artist book.

Developed during the ‘Between the Lines’ Residency at the Tagore Centre – UK, If only I were a bird… presents a poetic and painterly conversation across time, between Rabindranath Tagore and Aurogeeta Das — a conversation that is sometimes divergent and sometimes convergent.

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