The Maulana Azad Centre for Culture of the Embassy of India in Cairo will be organising the Tagore Festival from 3-7 May to commemorate the 157th birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, a famous Indian poet, painter, writer, and philosopher.
A Wednesday statement from the Indian Embassy in Cairo said that an exhibition of the paintings of Tagore titled “Rabindranath Tagore: Rhythm in Colours” will be held at the Museum of Ahmed Shawki in Giza, to be inaugurated on Saturday 5 May at 6:00 pm.
The embassy added that Tagore’s paintings merged the familiar with the unknown. It also said landscapes were the smallest output of Tagore’s art, noting that after he developed his love for painting, Tagore described the visible world around him “as a vast procession of forms.”
Most of the landscapes which Tagore painted showed nature bathed in the evening light, skies, and forms coagulating into ominous silhouettes, said the embassy.
Tagore’s landscapes invoke mystery and a sense of disquiet and silence, added the statement, noting that he did not name his paintings, but by leaving them untitled, he freed them from the limits of literary imagination, because he wished his viewers to read the paintings in their own light and admire them in individual ways.
The statement added that Tagore’s painted faces speak of vast human experience and intrinsic human emotions as his faces speak to various expressions like mysterious, brooding, dramatic, and romantic; of wonderment, fear, and melancholia.