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Fables for All Ages

Abanindranath Tagore (Author) Manoshi Bhattacharya (Translator)

Adapted from The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Nobelprize winning Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf, Booro Angla is an allegorical tale about a boy’s adventures in a forest in British-occupied Bengal. Alor Phulki is an adaptation of the play Chantecler written by the French poet Edmond Rostand. It is a satire inspired by the barnyard animals in his home in the south of France. Khirer Putul is a charming fable that draws on the rich oral tradition of Bengal. An all-time favourite children’s classic by Abanindranath Tagore, it is the story of the sugar doll and the two queens, and tells us how Duorani triumphs over her jealous co-wife with the help of her clever monkey-son.

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Abanindranath Tagore

Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951) was an artist and writer from the illustrious Tagore family, and a nephew of Rabindranath Tagore. The principal innovator of the Bengal school of art, he created a distinctive Swadeshi style of art at a time when only western models were being imitated and practised in contemporary India. He revitalised Rajput and Mughal art into ethereal watercolours, and his later works incorporated Chinese and Japanese influences as well. He was appointed by Calcutta University as the Bageswari Professor of Oriental Art, and his writings and lectures on art remain relevant and important to art theory and practice to this day. His literary works, of delight to children and adults alike – Buro Angla, Khirer Putul, Bhoot-Potrir Deshe, Nalak and Raj Kahini – are marked by the delightful whimsy of his imagination and brought alive by his singular ability to paint pictures with words. TRANSLATOR Urbi Bhaduri has been bewitched by the magic of words for as long as she can remember. She is grateful to stories for teaching her almost everything she knows of life today. After completing her Masters in English from Jadavpur University, she has been exploring her strengths in different capacities—as a writer, editor and translator freelancing with publishing houses, newspapers and other organisations, and as a facilitator in the developmental sector, holding experiential workshops on poetry, memoir, self-discovery, deep listening, gender and entrepreneurship with young people who inhabit the urban margins, mostly in the streets and slums of Kolkata. She moves home frequently, and has lived all over India with her husband, her four dogs and more recently, with a baby girl.

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Title Fables for All Ages
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789351362463
length 304p.,