Rabi Thakur is a ballet on the life of Rabindranath Tagore (Thakur), the great Bengali poet, song writer, composer, painter, philosopher and world's first non-European Nobel laureate. A true renaissance man, Tagore inspired a nation and held court with many of the most influential men and women of the generation, including Mahatma Gandhi, Satyajit Ray, Albert Einstein, W.B. Yeats, Robert Frost, George Bernard Shaw and many others.
The Rabi Thakur Ballet will integrate Western and Eastern expressions of contemporary music and dance in a reflection upon Tagore's philosophy of universal cultural cohesiveness and intellectual and spiritual unity. The ballet (in English) will showcase choreography of the highly accomplished Ryan Daniel Beck, set to new music arranged and composed by tabla maestro, Samir Chatterjee. The music will be performed by a 14-piece orchestra, incorporating Indian sitar, tabla drumming and bansuri flute. The contemporary ballet and theatrics will develop seven chapters through which Rabindranath Tagore's complex life unfolds.
Each chapter will present a prevailing sentiment and historical backdrop, beginning in Tagore’s childhood. We will follow him through his early travels to London and the West, and his inspirational insights and observations that lead him to his calling in the arts and philosophy. We will experience his moments of discovery, his views on the many crises facing our civilization, his return to India and his sudden galvanizing international fame following his Nobel prize and knighthood.
This ballet depicts a highly influential modern man with a deep-rooted footing in the traditions and essence of his people; and especially his tremendous hope for the intellectual and spiritual qualities of humanity in spite of the social and political obstacles we face. Rabi Thakur leads us into introspection of our present state and contemplation of future possibilities for our civilization. A pure human, we can all identify with and draw inspiration from Tagore.
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