In the autumn of 1929 world famous photographer E.O. Hoppé set sail from London to create an epic photo-documentation of the Indian subcontinent. During his travels throughout the region he was invited to visit the Nobel Prize winning poet laureate, novelist, playwright, musician, and painter Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) at Santiniketan (translated as the “abode of peace”), the site of the poet’s University. Hoppé created a historic document uniquely describing the early days of what became a revolution in education as Tagore’s Santiniketan reshaped Bengali literature, music, and its visual arts and crafts.

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Tagore and Students, 1929

Abanindranath Tagore

Tagore Dictating, 1929

Tagore in His Study, 1929

Art Students, 1929

Art Students, 1929

Music Student, 1929

Laquer Work, 1929

Tannery, 1929

Guest House, 1929

Student, 1929

Female Students, 1929

Outdoor Classes, 1929

Agricultural Classes, 1929

European Visitors, 1929

Campus, 1929

Bengal Landscape, 1929

Campus, 1929

Bengal Landscape, 1929

View from Terrace, 1929

The Museum Mumbai, Premchand Roychand Gallery, December 23, 2010 – February 28, 2011
Victoria Memorial hall, Kolkata, April 16 – May 30, 2011
New Orleans Museum of Art, August 6 – October 16, 2011
Honnold Library of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California, January 22 – April 15, 2012

E.O. Hoppé's Santiniketan, essays by Pratapaditya Pal and Graham Howe (Marg Publications, Mumbai, 2010)


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