First publication page
Title The Visvabharati Quarterly
Document Type Journal
Language English
Publisher Name Prabhat Kumar Mukherjee


Founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1923, Visva-Bharati Quarterly was published from Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, and was been one of the institution’s main serial publications, with four issues – May–July, August–October, November–January and February–April. The journal was not intended ‘to be an exclusive organ of the Visva-Bharati, regarded as an institution localized at Santiniketan’. The journal invited writers, scholars and artists of different countries ‘who, through disinterested pursuit of knowledge or creation or contemplation of beauty, are adding to the cultural heritage of Man’. The journal temporarily stopped publication in 1931 and resumed again as a New Series in 1935, and continues publication.


The journal published articles, stories, book reviews and letters, including the serial publication of Rabindranath Tagore’s correspondences. Published articles included Alfred S. Schenkman’s ‘The Universities of India’; Kshitimohan Sen’s ‘The Bauls of Bengal’; Dhirendra Mohan Datta’s ‘Modern Indian Philosophy’; Paolo Alvise Scarfoglio’s ‘Italian Poetry since the French Revolution’; and Baldoon Dhingra’s ‘Lin Yutang’. Visva-Bharati Quarterly occasionally published special single or double issues. For example, in 1947 the journal published an Education Number edited by Kshitis Roy, including Jnanendranath Chattopadhyaya’s ‘Rabindranath and His Asrama School’; Marjorie Sykes’ ‘The Place of English Language in Indian Education’; Nandalal Bose’s ‘A Primer for Art Education’; and R. Srinivasan’s ‘Music and Education’.


The journal reproduced paintings by Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Manishi Dey, Manindrabhusan Gupta, Surendranath Kar and Vinayaka Masoji.


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