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Rabindranath Tagore

14 September 13 words: Adrian Shaw
A tribute to the Bengalese poet by Zoe & Idris Rahman and Sahana Bajpaie at the New Art Exchange.

Zoe & Idris Rahman

Zoe (piano) and Idris (clarinet/base-clarinet) Rahman together with Sahana Bajpaie (vocals) presented a fascinating, exciting and colourful musical tribute to the influence of the great Bengalese poet, artist, musician and intellectual, Rabindranath Tagore.

Tagore’s cultural work has largely been ignored by modern audiences, but it was not always so – and it is to be hoped his unique contribution to Western and World Culture will again be recognised..

For me, along with others in the enthralled audience, Rabi Tagore’s spirit and influence. and his usually unrecognized social-political mood, was alive and present, permeating past and future.

With their particular Anglo-Irish/Bengali/Bangladeshi approach to Tagore’s music and poetry, his song-making (popular and active still among his Bangladeshi country-folk) came alive couched in everything from jazz, folk and operatic forms by Zoe and Idris. 

In the audience, several Bangladeshis joined in with his songs and all were moved by the chordal and contrapuntal music, which, typically perhaps, ended with a Tagore-Bengali version of that other ‘Rabi’ – Burns – Auld Lang Syne

The audience were privileged to be part of this wonderfully memorable evening which was part of this year’s Mela celebrations in Nottingham.

Zoe & Idris Rahman with Sahana Bajpale performed their tribute to Rabindranath Tagore at the New Art Exchange on Saturday 7 Sepember 2013.

The New Art Exchange website


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