Kolkata: With some rare and unpublished letters and photographs, a new book reveals the untold story of Rabindranath Tagore's eldest son Rathindranath Tagore during his last days when he was hit with controversies.
   
Written by Tagore scholar Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay, the Bengali book 'Apni Tumi Roile Dure: Shongo Nishongota O Rathindranath' throws light on the last nine years of Rathindranath and his controversial relationship with Dehradun Professor Meera Devi.
   
"This period of his life was very valuable as he was hit with ego problems. There were some controversies and allegations that had made his life difficult," Bandyopadhyay said after the book's release at Oxford Bookstore here on Saturday.
   
Besides being an agriculturist, a talented architect, designer, master-carpenter, painter and writer, Rathindranath (1888-1961) was also the first 'upacharya' of Visva-Bharati University, started by his father.
   
The book sources its material primarily from the letters exchanged between Rathindranath, Mira and her husband Nirmal Chandra Chattopadhyay.
   
All these 150 letters were so far a part of private collection of Mira's son Jayabrata Chattopadhyay.    

"Rathindranath and Mira had lived together in Dehrudan leading to rumours of an affair between them," Bandyopadhyay said.

"These letters were private till a point of time. But everybody should know about this after a certain time. It's all about Rathindranath's struggle and his feelings," said Jayabrato, who is now co-directing a documentary on the same subject.
   
Around 20 unseen photographs taken from Jayabrata's collection and from Tagore's archive in Shantiniketan have also been included in the book.
   
Rathindranath had spent four decades of his life serving Visva-Bharati, where he taught genetics to students and was praised for making such a technical subject interesting for the layman.
   
The Tagore memorial and archives in Shantiniketan is a result of his active patronage.
   
The book's author Nilanjan, also a member of the West Bengal Heritage Commission, is also planning to write a sequel to the book and also edit a compilation of complete works of Tagore's son.

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