PANORAMIC VIEW OF CHARACTERS IN TAGORE'S PLAYS
An International Refereed e-Journal of Literary Explorations August
Indian writing in English is but one of the voices in which India speaks. It is a new voice, no doubt, but it is as much Indian as the others. Tagore through his writings bids fair to expand with our and humanity is expanding future. To be Indian in thought, feeling, emotion, and experience, yet also to court the graces and submit to the discipline of English for expression, is a novel experiment in creative mutation. The Indian dramatists have bravely run the race and reached the goal and they
... deserve due recognition English remained in the saddle all along, Indian Drama in English has achieved a new range and power, literacy in English has been steadily growing. Many people know modern Indian thought through the writings of Tagore. To them, as to myself after a lifetime's indignation, it will be a comfort to realize that at least in making English compulsory, at last to the whole world. The award of Nobel Prize for literature to him was but the beginning on a global scale to which there cannot be many parallels in literary history. He was the one writer who first gained for modern India a place on the world literary scene. His fecundity and vitality were amazing. Sundry Indians trying to accomplish creative self-expression through the English medium has given us Indo-Anglian literature. Tagore chose dramas even the most ethereal of poets cannot, after all be always a poet or a poet always at the top of his form, prose must come break in. Tagore applied his mind to a current problem-social, political, economic-the heart rule the head; and the heart, in its turn beat in response to abiding institutions not the restrictive formulas of creed, caste or customs. The light of the soul's illumination lead him, not the will-of-the-wisp of agonizing dialects. A romantic nostalgia and a never-ending quest after the fleeting objects of nature are easily perceptible in the play of Tagore. He sees in nature what he himself has put there. Tagore does not deal with ordinary men and women, his individuals are extraordinary men and women such as can best serve his self-expression. The drama or the theatre is at best just as device and an excuse for self-expression. The below mentioned plays are not dramas of circumstances. The characters in these plays are not persons of flesh and blood but the personifications of the poet's own subjective experiences. They function not in the Global world of master but in the realm of spirit. Inner transformation of man is rarely suggested by Tagore to solve the problems of the modern world. Tagore believes in the spiritual evolution of mind, in his enhancement of sympathy across all the abstracts of creed and colour.