The roots of TS Eliot’s quintessentially English masterpiece, The Waste Land, lie far from home – in IndiaTS Eliot’s India: Many Gods, Many Voices Radio 4 | iPlayerTwenty Minutes: The Planets Radio 3 | iPlayerIn Search of Nic Jones Radio 4 | iPlayerBook of the Week: The Sea Inside Radio 4 | iPlayerIt was worth listening last week to Daljit Nagra’s illuminating documentary on TS Eliot’s India just to hear Eliot’s supremely mannered voice on a vintage BBC recording as he recited snatches of his oblique modernist opus The Waste Land. At times it sounded like the strangest Pathé News broadcast you could ever imagine; at others it was like a recording of a seance in which a medium was enunciating the jumbled words of someone’s long-dead Victorian grandfather.Nagra, an acclaimed British poet raised in London by Punjabi parents, uncovered the Sanskrit roots of a poem generally considered to be a quintessentially English masterpiece. His voyage of discovery began with the poem’s final words, the thrice repeated “shantih”, meaning peace, a mantra Nagra had first heard chanted by his Sikh grandfather during his daily meditation following a long day’s work. From there he traced the deep influence of the Vedas, …read more

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