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Tagore, Sourindro Mohun. Hindu Loyalty: A Presentation of the Views and Opinions of the Sanskrit Authorities on the Subject of Loyalty. [In connection with the movement of the "National Anthem for India".].

Calcutta: By the Author, printed by I. C. Bose... Stanhope Press, 1883. First edition. Octavo. Original Calcutta binding of pebbled green morocco, spine and cover richly gilt, board edges and inner dentelles gilt, a.e.g. Title in red and black, text in English and Sanskrit black with red border rules, half-title with blue device within a red decorative border. A little rubbing at extremities, still a handsome example of a scarce Indian binding. pp. 25-28 bound out of order (after p. 32).
First edition. The proposal of 'God Save the Queen' as a National Anthem for India. Pages 77-100 is a subscribers list of those in favour of establishing the Anthem in India including 'Princes and Chiefs, Noble and Eminent Persons in India. Peers, Baronets, Knights and Eminent Persons in the United Kingdom' sometimes listed with their financial contribution. one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Calcutta (Rabindranath Tagore belonged to another branch of the family), he sponsored or co-authored some of the first general music treatises in Bengali. Such vernacular publications, produced and promoted by the Calcutta élite, were an important part of the renaissance in Bengali culture which took place in the 19th century. Tagore founded several schools of music in Calcutta beginning in 1871, and supplied music teachers and books to these and other public and private schools at his own cost. His publications ranged from music treatises in Sanskrit and Bengali to explanations of Indian music for a colonial audience. These publications were aimed at British and European orientalists both in India and in Europe as well as the Bengali intelligentsia centered in Calcutta He endeavoured to promote Indian music in the West as a symbol of India's classical heritage, comparable to European art music in artistic and academic value. (New Grove). Setting aside the content of this work, this book would be perfectly suited to a collection focused on bindings alone. Very scarce. (#kfk616) $650.00

 

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