The multifarious personality of Rabindranath Tagore covered diverse terrains of creative expression, but he ventured into the world of painting quite late in life. The pages of his manuscript titled Purabi, a book of poems published in 1924, is conventionally identified as the first evidence of articulation through fully fledged visual images. In the process of editing and altering the text of these poems, he began joining together the struck-out words in rhythmic patterns of linear scribbles, with the result that these connected erasures emerged into consolidated, fantastic visual forms.

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