Sarojini Premchand

RAVINDRA VYASAVALI - Volume-2 - Selected Essays of Tagore: Rayaprolu Subbarao - Tr. in Telegu; Sahitya Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 225.A BEAUTIFULLY brought out volume of essays, first published during the birth centenary of Tagore, has also an incisive and lengthy critique by Buddhadev Basu. The translator, Rayaprolu Subbarao is no less a figure. He is one of the most prominent literary personalities of modern Telugu literature. Admired for his enchanting lyrical poetry, he has the artistry to face up to " the untranslatable delicacies of colour."(W.B.Yeats)Tagore's novels 'Gora' and 'Wreck', plays like 'Sacrifice' and 'Chithra' and the more famous 'Gitanjali' have a special niche in readers' hearts. This volume opens another door to his creative genius.While anecdotes from his childhood reveal the poet's sensitivity of heart from his early days, some passages in the chapter 'Jeevanasmriti' give us glimpses into the beginnings of his creative upsurges. His reflective pen throws up new vistas of vision about modern literature, language, words, folk songs and epics like the Ramayana. This collection also includes letters to intimate friends, excerpts from dairies and forewords to books. It is a matter of pure delight to come across his petal-soft humour here and there. In the preface Royaprolu proposes certain guidelines for translators of all languages.