The Project will provide a full electronic archive of Rabindranath Tagore's works in manuscript and print, with all significant versions and revisions of each work, enabling electronic comparisons of all authentic versions of each text. It is offered as a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore in the twenty-first century and a contribution to his own idea of universal dissemination and extension of knowledge, combining the best gifts of Eastern and Western civilisation in a humane application of technology.
The major output of the project will then be not only an online database of images of all significant versions of Tagore's works, but also a complete electronic variorum edition of all Tagore's works, presenting the complete history of revision and circulation through all versions. This will allow the viewer to gain access to the full operation of Tagore's creative process in shaping a work. The database will offer a unique four-window interface allowing the viewer to compare all texts together, display any two of them in turn, and show all the variants in highlighted and colour-coded forms (see attached image above).
The project will benefit general readers, scholars and other professionals working with one or other of the countless facets of Tagore's works in various different ways, and will also provide an innovative model of textual computing, combining image-file and text-file components to create a multi-format, multi-purpose literary database. Electronic editing is still at a nascent stage in India and the project will serve as a general model for bringing Indian literature in various languages before the world in scientifically documented and edited texts.