Santiniketan: Visva-Bharati has decided to present a replica of the first edition of Rabindranath Tagore’s anthology of poems – Gitanjali – published in 1912 in London, among other souvenirs, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Santiniketan on May 25.
This will be Modi’s first visit to Santiniketan as the chancellor of the university.
The university authorities will also present to Modi a replica of the original manuscript of Tagore’s poem Chitto jetha bhoyshunyo both in Bengali and the poet’s translation of it in English (Where the mind is without fear) which is part of Gitanjali.
The first edition of Gitanjali (Song offerings) was published in London by the Chiswick Press for The India Society in 1912.
"This edition of Gitanjali which is in the archive of Visva-Bharati, is actually an author’s copy. Rabindranath himself made corrections on a few pages of the book before it was submitted to the Nobel committee," a Rabindra Bhavana official said.