'Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet of Eternity' is more of a tutorial than a living history

( Unrated ) ( Monitor Movie Guide )

'Tagore' does manage to convey the reverence that the poet, essayist, novelist, painter, and composer inspired. 

Portrait of Bengali poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright Rabindranath Tagore taken in 1931 at an unknown location.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was, in his day, perhaps the most famous and universally acclaimed artist in the world. He was a poet, essayist, novelist, and short-story writer as well as a painter and composer of music. He was the first non-European winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and also the founder of a progressive school that countered the orthodoxies of the prevailing education system in India. 

The documentary “Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet of Eternity,” directed by Partha Bhattacharya, is aimed at an audience of students and educators, and it’s more of a tutorial than a living history. But it does give us a sense of the sheer reverence Tagore rightly inspired. Grade: B (Unrated.)

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