By Sukanta Chaudhuri
This ebook files the production of the Bichitra on-line Tagore Variorum, a publicly available database of Rabindranath Tagore's whole works in Bengali and English totaling a few 140,000 pages of basic fabric. Chapters conceal cutting edge elements of the location, all replicable in different initiatives: a hyperbibliography; a seek engine and hyperconcordance operating around the database; and a distinct collation software evaluating variation texts at 3 degrees. There also are chapters at the certain difficulties of processing manuscripts, and on making plans the web site. Early chapters take readers in the course of the historical past of the venture, an outline of Tagore’s works, and the Bengali writing process with the demanding situations of adapting it to digital shape.
The identify Bichitra, which means "various" in Bengali, alludes either to the nice number of Tagore’s works and to their a number of phases of composition. past their literary excellence, they're extraordinary for his or her sheer volume, the variety of version kinds of an excellent many goods, and their afterlife in translation, usually the poet’s personal. Seldom if ever has an identical author revised his fabric and recast it throughout genres on one of these scale. Tagore received the Nobel Prize in 1913.
By its value-added presentation of this diversity of fabric, Bichitra could be a version for destiny databases overlaying an author’s entire works or different significant corpus of texts. It bargains greatly accelerated entry to Tagore’s writings, and allows new sorts of learn together with computational textual content research. The “book of the web site” exhibits in technical and human phrases how researchers with pursuits in artwork, literature and expertise can collaborate on cultural informatics tasks.