Yeats + Tagore: India Meets Ireland (in America)

On the eve of “The Great War,” the first world war, a poet from India met a poet from Ireland in a spirit of peace and creativity. They were the great poets of their nations in their times: artists who expressed themselves not only in verse, but also in plays, in songs, in social service, in politics, and even in works of spirituality and philosophy. Join us for this performance-collage, featuring a concert-reading from Yeats’ one-act play of the Irish legend, The Only Jealousy of Emer, and the premiere of a new American stage-recital of the classic Tagore dramatic-poem of Indian mythology, Chitra. Live music will include acapella renderings from Lou Harrison’s little known score for Yeats’ play, Ravi Shankar’s “The Enchanted Dawn,” and archival audio of Shankar from the Library’s collection. Our gifted performers will include Irish and Bengali musicians, dancers from the Ayana Arts South Asian Collective, members of the Barnard/Columbia Theatre Arts program and actors of Greenwich Village’s Jumble Shop Theater.

This event is presented, in collaboration with the American Irish Historical Society, as part of Carnegie Hall’s city-wide festival “Migrations: The Making of America.”

A Message from the Director, John Sorensen:

If Tagore had been born in the West he would now be as revered as Shakespeare and Goethe.” –  Ravi Shankar

Yeats + Tagore is inspired by – and dedicated to – the “West Meets East” life-work of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who was profoundly influenced by Rabindranath Tagore’s visionary efforts to champion the cross-cultural idea of “Unity in Diversity.” In 2013, Ravi Shankar was the first recipient of the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony, presented by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. In Raviji’s memory, we offer this video portrait, created especially for our event, of Shankar’s own “journey to the West”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBuJFev5xUw

 











When: Sat., March 16, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Where: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
212-870-1600
Price: Free
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On the eve of “The Great War,” the first world war, a poet from India met a poet from Ireland in a spirit of peace and creativity. They were the great poets of their nations in their times: artists who expressed themselves not only in verse, but also in plays, in songs, in social service, in politics, and even in works of spirituality and philosophy. Join us for this performance-collage, featuring a concert-reading from Yeats’ one-act play of the Irish legend, The Only Jealousy of Emer, and the premiere of a new American stage-recital of the classic Tagore dramatic-poem of Indian mythology, Chitra. Live music will include acapella renderings from Lou Harrison’s little known score for Yeats’ play, Ravi Shankar’s “The Enchanted Dawn,” and archival audio of Shankar from the Library’s collection. Our gifted performers will include Irish and Bengali musicians, dancers from the Ayana Arts South Asian Collective, members of the Barnard/Columbia Theatre Arts program and actors of Greenwich Village’s Jumble Shop Theater.

This event is presented, in collaboration with the American Irish Historical Society, as part of Carnegie Hall’s city-wide festival “Migrations: The Making of America.”

A Message from the Director, John Sorensen:

If Tagore had been born in the West he would now be as revered as Shakespeare and Goethe.” –  Ravi Shankar

Yeats + Tagore is inspired by – and dedicated to – the “West Meets East” life-work of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who was profoundly influenced by Rabindranath Tagore’s visionary efforts to champion the cross-cultural idea of “Unity in Diversity.” In 2013, Ravi Shankar was the first recipient of the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony, presented by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. In Raviji’s memory, we offer this video portrait, created especially for our event, of Shankar’s own “journey to the West”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBuJFev5xUw

 

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