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The Hindu | 3 Nov 2012
TV Tagore’s Gora is telecast as a serial on DD1
The true definition of a classic is its timelessness. One example of this is Gora . Written by Rabindranath Tagore over a 100 years ago, it is one of the most important novels in Bengali literature. The novel deals with the debate between modernity and tradition with arguments both for and against traditionally accepted norms.
The novel was adapted for a tele-serial many years ago. Now, it is finding air space again, on Doordarshan. To be telecast in 26 episodes in Hindi on DD 1, the series was launched on October 29.
In a press meet in New Delhi recently, Tripurari Sharan, director general of Doordarshan, along with producer Gargi Sen and director Somnath Sen, said the decision to air the series was triggered by the 150 years celebration of Tagore’s birthday.

Celebrating Tagore
“On his 150th anniversary, people are holding a lot of seminars, cultural events, staging plays, so on and so forth, but we haven’t found anything as significant as the whole series based on the novel written by him. We felt pride in bringing Gora for Indian audiences,” said Sharan.
Gargi Sen said the initial plan was to make a film on the novel but DD was keen on a tele-serial.
Director Somnath Sen said, “Many questions raised by the author in this novel are relevant even today. A director’s job is to translate the written word to the screen. And I used the word ‘translate’ deliberately here. I was lucky. If you got a good story and good actors, the director’s work ends there itself.”
(Gora will be telecast at 9.30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays)
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