Saturday, April 6, 2013

"Chandalika" and Maitrayee Devi and Rabindranath's paintings exhibition opened in London- 1938

Rabindranath came to Calcutta for his treatment. At the same time a team from Santiniketan also came to Calcutta for stage performance of Chandalika. Chandalika was staged in Chaya Cinema hall. Rabindranath was advised not to go to the hall. But ignoring Doctor's advice he went there.
Though Chandalika was first staged in Santiniketan in Dolutsab (Basanta Utsab).
Rabindranath came to Kalimpang this time in summer  vacation. A recitation done by Rabindranath was broadcasted from Radio in Kalimpang. Then he went to Mangpu at the invitation of  Maitreyee Devi. he stayed there for about a month in June.
This time Sarbapalli Radhakrishnan, Dr. Meghnad Saha, Lady Anne Hope, wife of Governor Lord Linlithgo,  and her daughter visited Santiniketan..
 Maitreyi Devi (or Maitreyī Devī) (September 1, 1914 – January 29, 1989) was a Bengali-born Indian poet and novelist, the daughter of philosopher Surendranath Dasgupta and protegé of poet Rabindranath Tagore. She was the founder of the Council for the Promotion of Communal Harmony in 1964, and vice-president of the All-India Women’s Coordinating Council. Her first book of verse appeared when she was sixteen, with a preface by Rabindranath Tagore. She wrote Rabindranath--the man behind his poetry.She was the basis for the main character in Romanian-born writer Mircea Eliade's 1933 novel Bengal Nights. In her Na Hanyate novel, written as a response to Bengal Nights, Maitreyi Devi denied claims of a sexual affair between her and Eliade during the latter's sojourn in British India.
Havel Hall in Kalabhavan in Santiniketan was opened and the Poet delivered a lecture on this occasion .
Lord Jetland opened a painting exhibition of Rabindranath in London.