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NALOKE By Abanindranath Tagore Translated by Debashish Banerji - Kindle eBook
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by Abanindranath Tagore

Translated by Debashish Banerji


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Naloke is a retelling of the life of the Buddha in imagistic language by Abanindranath Tagore. Abanindranath was an artist who used language to "write pictures" in his characterization. Naloke is the story of a little clairvoyant boy whom a band of rishis adopt and who envisions the major outer and inner incidents of the Buddha's life. Translated from Bengali.


Naloke is a classic tale by Abanindranath Tagore – translated by Debashish Banerji.  Abanindranath Tagore was a member of the famous Tagore family, and nephew of the poet Rabindranath Tagore. His grandfather and his elder brother Gaganendranath Tagore were also artists. He learned art when studying at Sanskrit college in the 1880s. The publication of Rabanindrath Tagore's Gitanjali in English brought the Tagore family international renown, which helped to make Abanindranath's artistic projects better known in the west.


In the early 1890s several illustrations were published in Sadhana magazine, and in Chitrangada, and other works by Rabindranath Tagore. He also illustrated his own books. About the year 1897 he took lessons from the Vice-Principal of the Calcutta Government School of Art, studying in the traditional European academic manner, learning the full range of techniques, but with a particular interest in watercolour. At this time, he began to come under the influence of Mughal art, making a number of works based on the life of Krishna in a Mughal-influenced style. After meeting E.B. Havell, Tagore worked with him to revitalise and redefine art teaching at the Calcutta School of art, a project also supported by his brother Gaganendranath, who set up the Indian Society of Oriental Art.


Debashish Banerji completed his undergraduate studies in English Literature from the University of Bombay. He served as a cultural correspondent with some of the leading English language newspapers in India. He completed a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Louisville, Kentucky and a Ph.D. in Indian Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. From 1991 – 2005 Debashish served as president of the East-West Cultural Center in Los Angeles founded by Dr. Judith Tyberg. Debashish is part of the adjunct faculty of Pasadena City College teaching Art History. Presently, he is Educational Coordinator at the distance-learning graduate level University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles and is Director of the International Center for Integral Studies in New Delhi




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