Rabindranath Tagore's Journey as an Educator: Critical Perspectives on His Poetics and Praxis

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This book looks at Rabindranath Tagore's experiments and journey as an educator and the influence of humanistic worldviews, nationalism and cosmopolitanism in his philosophy of education. The book juxtaposes the educational systems and institutions set up by the British colonial administration with Tagore's pedagogical vision and schools in Santiniketan, West Bengal-Brahmacharya Asrama (1901), Visva-Bharati University (1921) and Sriniketan Institute of Rural Reconstruction (1922). An educational pioneer and a poet-teacher, Tagore combined nature and culture, tradition and modernity, East and West, in formulating his educational methodology. The chapters in this volume analyse the relevance of his theories and practice in encouraging greater cultural exchange and the dissolution of the walls between classrooms and communities. This book will be useful for scholars and researchers of education, Tagore studies, literature, cultural studies, sociology of education, South Asian studies and colonial and postcolonial studies.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages314
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-15776-2
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-69500-2 , 978-0-367-74428-1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Tagore, Rabindranath
  • Colonial education
  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Santiniketan School
  • Visvs-Bharati University
  • Vernacular education
  • Education of sympathy and sacrifice


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