Sudhir Kakar: Rabindranath Tagore Revisited

Abstract of the Lecture: Rabindranath Tagore's sojourn in England as an 18-year old marked the beginning of a lifelong exploration of the duality, India-West. His observations on India’s encounter with the West remain unsurpassed in depth of insight. In his reflections on this encounter, Rabindranath was incisive on the disquiets afflicting both the Indian and Western civilizations, disquiets that have become raging discontents in our own times.

Psychoanalyst and writer, Sudhir Kakar is currently Adjunct Professor of Leadership at INSEAD, Fontainbleau. He is also Kosambi Visiting Research Professor, Goa University, Fellow at Centre for Advanced Study in Humanities, University of Cologne and Senior Homi Bhabha Fellow. His many honors include the Kardiner Award of Columbia University, Germany’s Goethe Medal and Order of Merit, Boyer Prize of the American Anthropological Association and Nehru and ICSSR National Fellowships.

He is the author of eighteen books of non-fiction and four novels and his books have been translated into twenty-two languages around the world.