Kathryn Gray was invited by Wales Literature Exchange to participate in a translation workshop in Santiniketan, West Bengal, in January 2013. The workshop was organised by Literature Across Frontiers in partnership with Kolkata Literary Meet. Santiniketan is today a small university town a hundred miles to the north of Kolkata. It was originally built as an ashram by Debendranath Tagore, where anyone, irrespective of caste and creed, could come and spend time meditating on the one Supreme God. Debendranath, father of the Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Rabindranath Tagore, was also known as Maharshi (one who is both saint and sage), and was a leading figure of the Indian Renaissance.
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