‘My sur­name opened many doors’

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Vet­eran ac­tor Sharmila Tagore (above) has said that the Tagore sur­name is a great priv­i­lege and it has opened up many doors for her, re­fer­ring to her lin­eage stretch­ing to No­bel lau­re­ate Rabindranath Tagore and be­yond.

“I have this won­der­ful sur­name Tagore, which is my her­itage, which has opened many doors for me. It’s been really a priv­i­lege to be born in this won­der­ful house­hold. He un­for­tu­nately died in 1941 and I was born in 1944. I missed him by three years,” she said at an event re­cently.

“Ga­ganen­dranath Tagore was my great grand­fa­ther. My grand­fa­ther was the last one to wear the ‘jobba’ (long robe) as Tagore wore. Rabindranath Tagore taught my mother at San­tinike­tan and she had lots and lots of sto­ries to say about him,” she added.

The 71-year old rec­ol­lected that her mother had all Tagore books signed by the poet with lit­tle notes. “In my ef­fort to show off, I took some of them to school and lost some of them. My mother for­gave me. One them was the first edi­tion of Gora (a Tagore clas­sic). It was so an­noy­ing,” she said.

Rem­i­nisc­ing how she was in­tro­duced to the works of the great poet, Sharmila said: “I was all of 11 years when I was in­tro­duced to Tagore. In class, I was asked to write a poem. I came home and went straight for my mother’s book shelf and found a book caled Ad­hu­nik Ko­bita Sankalan. I went through it and chose a poem that I liked and copied it! And I took it to the school the next day. The teacher asked me, ‘Have you writ­ten this?’ I replied, ‘Yes’. Guess what it was! It was Proshno (Ques­tion) by Rabindranath Tagore! Of course, I was pun­ished and I had to stand in front of all the classes. But I then thought that it was to my credit that I chose this poem.”

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