Thursday, April 22, 2010

Classroom don in library hot seat

At his farewell function at the English department of Jadavpur University students had put together a video on Swapan Chakravorty, who was leaving the university for three years to take over as the director of National Library.

The video featured Chakravorty, eminent scholar of the literature of early modern Europe whose knowledge left many sophomores perfectly intimidated, and later dazzled, morphed as the “Don”, the Marlon Brando variety. There was a rendition of the Godfather theme song as well. Chakravorty feels students call him the Don not for his intellectual ability alone.

The wraparound dark glasses he wears contribute too, he says. The appointment of Chakravorty, “Swapanda” to his students, much revered and loved, is expected to turn things around at National Library.

Full report here Telegraph

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