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Kolkata, Aug 5, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Perhaps no other poet celebrated life in his works as much as Rabindranath Tagore. Yet throughout his long life the poet was constantly hounded by a series of bereavements at regular intervals. He endured the deaths of Notun Bouthan Kadambari Debi, his wife Mrinalini Devi, his daughter Madhabilata and son Soumendranath.
With his genius he transformed his personal grief into unique aesthetic creations. In a way, his life was a long tale of a brave struggle of a spiritual man trying to grapple with the problem of morality.
He has defined death by not accepting it as the final, futile end, but as an inseparable part of the cycle of life. Death has been depicted by him as the ultimate beloved, a friend.
Ironically, the last few days of his life were full of physical suffering. He was brought from Santiniketan to Kolkata where a complex surgery was performed on him much against his wish. Ultimately that proved to be fatal.
The collage "Amar Jabar Belatey" traces those final few days of the bard's life, his endurance of the agony and his passing out of existance on baishe srabon by juxtaposing it with his death-defying creations in the forms of poems, songs, words and images.
Concept, script, narration and direction: Chaitali Dasgupta
Tagore's voice and mantra: Agnimitra Ghosh
Music direction: Debashish Raychaudhuri
Songs: Aniruddha Singha, Ranjini Mukherjee, Rohini Raychaudhuri, Debashish Raychaudhuri
Instruments: Surajit Das (Keys), Surajit Roy (Esraj), Anjan Banerjee (Percussion)
Studio: 'de Ambience, Kolkata
Sound Engineer: Jayanta Das
Produced by: Raja Dasgupta
Picture of Chaitali Dasgupta is courtesy of, and more information at: www.sravastiworld.com