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Translators find in Tagore their 'labor of love'

By Chitralekha Basu | China Daily | Updated: 2010-05-14 07:53

Translators find in Tagore their 'labor of love'

(From left) Zhong Shaoli, Bai Kaiyuan, Shi Jingwu and Dong Youchen, part of the 17-member translation team working on the complete works of Tagore. Jiang Dong / China Daily

Interviewing four of the 17-member team of wordsmiths now engaged in translating the complete works of Rabindranath Tagore proved to be a humbling experience. The translators - chief editor Dong Youchen, Bai Kaiyuan, Shi Jingwu and Zhong Shaoli - spoke in lucid, unadulterated Bengali while I was left groping for the right word in a language that is my mother tongue.

Translators find in Tagore their 'labor of love'

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