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Creativity Junction Calcutta NRI__ A Bridge to Renaissance India Arts and Science

Updated on November 9, 2012

Memory of The Startling Bengal Renaissance

I am still working to understand the Bengal Renaissance during the 18th Century to early 20th Century.

R.Tagore was born in 1861, the year when the tragic American Civil War began. Living here in Virginia for many years now, not far from the Capital of Confederacy at Richmond, VA, I have been startled by the immense tragedy of that war, 1861-1865, brothers against brothers. Out of a population of 30 Million of that time, nearly 20%, 6 million or so, had died due to the war, or

hunger, and poverty caused by it. The figures are simply astounding .

When Tagore was 3 years old, General Ulysis S. Grant (1822-1886) with his Army of the Potomac, moved relentlessly toward Richmond, determined to end the rebellion of the Confederacy by War.

General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) , Commander of the Confederacy, was there in every step of the way with his Army of Northern Virginia.

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Memory of The American Civil War (1862-1865)

When R. Tagore was a Child__India and America

At the end of that military campaign, my memory land Virginia 1864, over 100,000 Solider lay dead, both yanks and rebels, from every state both north and south, from where they came to fight here in Virginia. Many of the graves are still here in the battlefield where they fell, now a National Park and wildlife sanctuary.

Yes, I have been there many times and searching through public library books, I have understood the immense tragedy of that War when R. Tagore was just 3 years old in Calcutta. Tagore was growing up in the time of my maternal great grandfather, a school inspector in Bengal during the generation of R. Tagore’s Father mostly.

In Bengal, the astounding explosion of the Bengal Renaissance had already begun two generation earlier. In that generation, for example, such scholarly social reformers as Ram Mohan Roy (1774-1833) & Dwarkanath Tagore (1794–1846) had started the Brahmo Samaj spiritual movement as a popular and influential spiritual movement as a reformation of Hinduism particularly related to social justice for women.

Brahmo Samaj Spiritual Movement - __A Trigger For Bengal Renaissance With Social Justice Focus For Women

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But this leadership of the Bengal Renaissance strengthened social institutions as well and getting the support of the community on the challenge of education for women.

Their spiritual reformation, within the philosophy of non-violence had a trigger effect on the Bengal Renaissance in the generation of R. Tagore. In that generation, astounding number of "great minds' in education, law, music, art, and science came into the social scene of Bengal and played a leadership role that is yet to be fully understood today one generation after R. Tagore.

Dwarkanath was the grand father of R.Tagore. R.Tagore's father, Devendranath Tagore (1817-1905) continued played a significant role in the social reform and spiritual tradition of the Bramo Samaj movement that shaped the life and creative spirit of R. Tagore in Bengal .

And then India during the freedom movement in the 20's and 30's.

But mercifully R. Tagore died in 1941, before the beginning of World War II.

He was thus spared the knowledge of the disastrous failure to bring peace between East and West through dialogue among scholars and thinkers in intellectual life of Europe.

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Legacy of Tagore Creative Energy - Legacy of Tagor'es Creative Energy

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Legacy of Tagore's enormous creative energy in spiritual based music, poetry, drama, scholarly conversation among nations, and people still remains among the dusty corridors of Bengal and India today that I hope can be revived as a basis of A Bridge to Renaissance India Arts and Science and prelude to Creativity Junction Calcutta NRI.

For those readers who are unfamiliar NRI, stands for Non-Resident Indians, like those of us who live in USA as an example. For many of us, the family link to India is still very much part of our every day living in America. Such memories of my own childhood in Calcutta have now inspired me to do a deep search of my own roots in India and Calcutta.

That astounding roots story now inspires me to realize the forgotten values of a culture that is so ancient that very little is still remembered as a catalyst and bridge to Renaissance India Arts and Science.

Welcome to Creativity Junction Calcutta NRI.

Memory of Tagore Einstein Dialogue - Arts and Science Bridge to Science and Spirituality _Attempt in the 30's in Germany (Einstein House) and India (Tagore Hous

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Tagore defined religion differently than Einstein. He defines religion as something that is a common bond between humanity.

He says "God" is the ultimate "perfection" and the "universal mind" that each of us seek in our own way. His perception of God is derived from his cultural heritage of the East, from Historic India.Tagore perceives "truth" as an aspect of the "universal mind' that connects humanity.

Einstein sees "truth" as the "immense unknown mystery of nature" that humanity has barely begun to understand and that exist within natural laws. Such natural laws govern the existence of the universe, but are outside of human influence.

Naure Inspired Life Styles

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Creativity Junction Calcutta__NRI - And Friends

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