Bashabi Fraser: Rabindranath Tagore:Nation Builder and an International Cultural Ambassador

Bashabi Fraser, poet, Professor Emeritus at Napier University and Outstanding Woman of Scotland (2015), who bridges East and West in her own work, talks to BIG LIT online about her new biography of Indian Polymath and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore - a new and a long overdue critical biography.

Bashabi describes it as ‘ a personal journey to understand this great personality in whose literature and culture I had been steeped in right through my girlhood and youth ... to delve into the complexities and ambivalences of someone who straddled two centuries and whose work and ideas remain hugely relevant today.’

 In this timely reappraisal of Tagore's life and work, Bashabi Fraser assesses Tagore's many activities and shows how he embodies the modern consciousness of India.


Rabindranath Tagore by Bashabi Fraser is published by:

Further Information

Bashabi's own website:

The Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies:

Gitanjali and Beyond:
Gitanjali and Beyond is a peer-reviewed open-access international journal, promoting creative writing, artistic expression and research on Rabindranath Tagore’s work and life, his circle and his impact.


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