Sitarist from the city Smita Nagdev will strum on the poems of Tagore at the Museum of Asian Arts in Paris

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The poems of Rabindranath Tagore and those of his 19th century French counterparts will mingle with the strums of Sitar at the Museum of Asian Arts in Paris.

Internationally renowned sitarist from Bhopal Smita Nagdev will play the sitar and French poets and artists Robert Bensimon, Corine and Pierre will recite the poems.

The concert was supposed to take place in 2020 but had to be postponed due to the corona pandemic, Nagdev said. This is his first trip to Europe after the pandemic.

The French poets whose compositions will be recited are: Arteur Rimbaud, Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Saint John Perse and René Char, she said.

According to Nagdev, the French were so enthusiastic about the concert that they wanted it to take place over two days instead of one day, and now it will be held on May 20 and 21.

On May 20, it will be held in the auditorium of the Asian Arts Museum and on May 21 at the Gallery where the statues are kept.

The French love the language of other countries so much that they wanted it to recite

Tagore’s poems in Hindi, added the sitarist.

She will read “Le jardinier de l’amour” by Tagore and a paragraph from one of his novels on music and it will be a two-hour concert.

A sitar and poetry Jugalbandi will take place for the first time, and it will be an experience in itself for her, Nagdev said.

She added that her French friends advised her to wear the sari to represent Indian culture when playing the Sitar.

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