Sing of Life: Revisioning Tagore’s Gitanjali – Priya Sarukkai Chabria


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Rabindranath Tagore’s profound meditations on life, nature, grace and brokenness in the Gitanjali won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Sing of Life is Priya Sarukkai Chabria’s virtuosic revisioning of this world classic. Limned with daring, intuition and poetic imagination, it rings true to Tagore’s search for spiritual splendour, and her own questing.

Chabria writes in the introduction to the work, ‘I believe a great poem is one that often serves as a draft or raft for someone else’s poem. Or that is how it should be: A spark or a shift in another’s consciousness.’ In this inspired linguistic experiment, she seeks to capture that spark and give it new life by chiselling Tagore’s prose-poetry into intense poems that invite us to re-engage with the Gitanjali. Contemplative and courageous, this is a reimagining of Tagore and his work for a new generation of readers.

About the Author

Priya Sarukkai Chabria is an award-winning poet, translator and writer of nine books of poetry, speculative fiction, literary non-fiction, translation and, as editor, two poetry anthologies. Her books include Andal: The Autobiography of a Goddess (translation), Calling Over Water (poems), Clone (speculative fiction) and Bombay/Mumbai: Immersions (non-fiction).

Priya has studied the Sanskrit rasa theory of aesthetics and Tamil Sangam (2–4BCE) poetics. She is Founding Editor of Poetry at Sangam: She has received the Muse Translation Award, Kitab Experimental Fiction Award, Best Reads by Feminist Press and was recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to Literature by the Government of India. Her poems have been translated into French, German, Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil.


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