Rabindranath Tagore in South-East Asia: Culture, Connectivity and Bridge Making
This volume focuses on Rabindranath Tagore’s relations with the many mainland and maritime countries of South-East Asia he visited in the early twentieth century. The essays herein probe the intellectual bases of Tagore’s theory of civilization, his ideas of East and West, his theory of cultural encounter in the context of South-East Asia, and also provides an in-depth analysis of his philosophy, i.e. his concepts of nationalism, internationalism and universalism. They also show how Tagore’s visits to South-East Asian countries led to the establishment of cultural ties between India and South-East Asia over the years, ties which finally resulted in a kind of permanent civilizational and cultural bond between them.