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Sounds of the Bengal Renaissance: The music of Raja Sourindro Mohun Tagore

Saturday 29 November 2014, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Saturday 29 November 2014, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Village Roadshow Theatrette
Entry 3, La Trobe St
Has wheelchair access Has hearing loop

This special concert presents a selection of songs by musicologist, playwright and philanthropist Sourindro Mohun Tagore (1840–1914), performed by a contemporary intercultural ensemble fusing Indian and Western instruments. The concert is the result of a 2013 Creative Fellowship by Adrian McNeil.

In the late 1870s, Sourindro Mohun Tagore sent a collection of books, scores and musical instruments from Calcutta to Melbourne. A patron of North Indian music, Tagore's aim was to establish a global connection between Indian and Western musical traditions.

The books and musical scores Tagore sent to Melbourne are now part of the State Library's collection, along with his correspondence. Together, they make up an innovative collection that reflects the spirit of the times and the interculturalism that pervaded the Bengali elite classes in the late 19th century, a time referred to as the 'Bengali renaissance'.