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SAP's 2016 Tagore Lecture: "The Soloist Performs with an Orchestra of Events" By Ranjit Hoskote

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Ranjit Hoskote has long been drawn to the form of the concerto, both for its own beauty and elegance, and as a metaphor for his practice as a poet. For Hoskote, one of India’s most celebrated literary figures, the poet is a soloist and the outside world provides the orchestra. The relationship between soloist and orchestra can take a variety of modes: dialogue, contest, divergence, and collaboration.

In this year’s Tagore Modern Indian Literature Lecture, Hoskote addressed the tension between contemporary poetry and current cultural and political debates over India’s national identity in a globalized world. He also discussed some of the contexts in which he writes his own poetry, including diaspora, multilingualism, translation, ecological crisis, transcultural encounters, and the rise of illiberal demagoguery.

The lecture took place on September 23 at the A.D. White House. The Endowment in Modern Indian Literature was established in 1999 with the generous support of professor emeritus Narahari Umanath Prabhu and his wife Mrs. Suman (Sumi) Prabhu.

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