Japana Theke Jorasamko: Cithi O Dinalipi (1916-1917)

Japana Theke Jorasamko: Chithi O Dinalipi (1916—1917)Front Cover, Japana Theke Jorasamko: Chithi O Dinalipi (1916—1917)
Photo: Mukul Dey Archives

by Mukul Chandra Dey, ed. by Satyasri Ukil

 In 1916 Rabindranath Tagore visited USA, via Japan, on a lecture tour. This was his first visit to Japan. Tagore was accompanied on this trip by two of his English friends, Charles Freer Andrews and William Winstanley Pearson; and, a young Bengali art student Mukul Chandra Dey.

The present title is a compilation of Dey’s letters from Japan and USA in 1916 – 1917, along with two of his diary fragments composed in 1917. The compilation is edited and annotated by Satyasri Ukil and published by New Age Publishers (Pvt.) Ltd., Calcutta in 2005.

 Mukul Dey was the first modern Indian artist who visited Japan. On this trip, being a disciple of Tagore, he got the rare opportunity to study under two very famous Japanese artists—Yokoyama Taikan at Tokyo and Shimomura Kanzan at Yokohama. Also they were fortunate to be guests of the noted Japanese art collector Tomitaro Hara at his sprawling landscape garden and heritage architectural complex known as Sankeien in Yokohama.


Foreign Influence on Indian Culture

Pancika and Hariti with Cornucopia
Photo: Mukul Dey Archives
Foreign Influence on Indian Culture (c.600 B.C. to A.D. 320)

- by Manjari Ukil

Long before Alexander reached the gates of geographical India, the people of the subcontinent enjoyed a sporadic cultural interaction with their immediate western neighbours through the “lateral valleys” of Makran and the mountain passes of Hindukush, which were major land-routes.

The complex nature of Indian culture makes it almost impossible to trace the traits left by the “foreigners” in that remote past. In a diverse and culturally rich country like India, there remains very little difference between culture and civilization.