Dartington

Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst were influenced by Tagore’s ideas on education and social reform, and established in 1925 Dartington Hall Trust, resembling Santiniketan. Elmhirst met Tagore in America in 1913, and was accompanying Tagore on his world travels from 1921 on as his Secretary.

Dartington is most famous for its Dartington International Summer School, mingling professional and amateur musicians.

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George Keyt

Article on Indo-Dutch poet/painter George Keyt, who lived and died on Ceylon (Sri Lanka), and was highly influenced by Tagore.

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e-magazin Santiniketan

Visva-Bharati, the university founded by Tagore, has started a new e-magazine: Santiniketan. Unfortunately, I cannot read the Bengali, yet.

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Early Tagore recordings

An article on the history and fate of early Tagore recordings, dating from as early as 1898. Link

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Telefilms “Mastermoshai” and “Musalmanir Galpo”

Recent telefilms, based on Tagore’s work are: “Mastermoshai” and “Musalmanir Galpo”, both by Nabyendu Chatterjee. See article on screenindia.com.

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Fukuyama: Housekeeping Post-Saddam

I came across a recent article by Francis Fukuyama in OpinionJournal, dated 20 April: Housekeeping, Post-Saddam “It’s time to get U.S. troops out of Saudi Arabia”

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The End of History, revisited

I just added a page dedicated to Francis Fukuyama, containing links to his articles and books. Started for personal use, to have all references (and links) in a usable presentation. History has ended, but the Future is not yet here.

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I do my job. Let others do their duty

Quote from professor Mostafa el-Abbadi, considered to be the true inspiration for the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina. He was not invited for the official opening, even though his book on the subject was distributed to the guests at the opening ceremony. See New York Times, 17 October 2002.

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Google Fighting

Just found out the other day about Googlefight. I tested it on “Love” against “War”, and Love won, at 50.0 million against 39.8 million. No surprise I was not the first to fight this battle. One of the first entries in Googlefight is on this love against war, by TurboKan, 25 September. Only one week ago, it was 55.8 against 39.6. So, “Love” is diminishing (-1.4%)these days, and “War” is gaining strength (+.5%). Probably reflecting America’s pressure on Iraq. Remarkebly, “Love” is losing faster than “War” is gaining.

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Ranking for Tagore settings, continued

“Tagore settings” moved at Lycos from 14th to the 19th position, and at AllTheWeb even more: from 9th till 21th position. Clearly, the ranking mechanism is totally different then that of Google (and AOL), where it ranks still at first postion!

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