New book discloses Rabindranath Tagore son's untold story

Some rare and unpublished letters and photographs reveal the untold story of Rabindranath Tagore's eldest son Rathindranath Tagore during his last days when he was hit with controversies.

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With some rare and unpublished letters and photographs, a new book reveals the untold story of Rabindranath Tagore's eldest son Rathindranath Tagore during his last days when he was hit with controversies.

Written by Tagore scholar Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay, the Bengali book 'Apni Tumi Roile Dure: Shongo Nishongota O Rathindranath' throws light on the last nine years of Rathindranath and his controversial relationship with Dehradun professor Meera Devi.

"This period of his life was very valuable as he was hit with ego problems. There were some controversies and allegations that had made his life difficult," Bandyopadhyay told PTI after the book's release at Oxford Bookstore here yesterday.

Besides being an agriculturist, a talented architect, designer, master-carpenter, painter and writer, Rathindranath (1888-1961) was also the first 'upacharya' of Visva-Bharati University, started by his father.

The book sources its material primarily from the letters exchanged between Rathindranath, Mira and her husband Nirmal Chandra Chattopadhyay.

All these 150 letters were so far a part of private collection of Mira's son Jayabrata Chattopadhyay.

"Rathindranath and Mira had lived together in Dehrudan leading to rumours of an affair between them," Bandyopadhyay said.

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