Andy Douglas

Event date: 
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Iowa City author Andy Douglas will read from Songs of the New Dawn: Selected song-poems of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar. "Andy Douglas's stirring 'transpirations' echo a world of transcendental beauty. These poems bring to an English-speaking audience some of the 5018 Bengali songs composed by Shrii Prabhát Ranjan Sarkar between 1982 and 1990, songs that came to be known as Prabháta Samgiita, Songs of a New Dawn. An extraordinary spritual master, Shrii Sarkar once defined mysticism as 'the never-ending endeavor to find a link between the finite and the infinite.' Each song glows with this spirit of ceaseless search, and Douglas's renditions beautifully capture the delicacy of feeling and simplicity of the original Bengali." - Dr. Ayesha Irani, Assoc Prof of Asian Studies, UMass Boston

Andy Douglas is a writer and musician, and student of P R Sarkar's teachings for 40 years.  He holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from University of Iowa.  He is the author of The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga, and Redemption Songs: A Year in the Life of a Community Prison Choir.  He lives in Iowa City.

Event address: 
Prairie Lights
15 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
Songs of the New Dawn: Selected song-poems of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar By Andy Douglas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781881717911
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Published: Innerworld Publications - August 13th, 2023

Western audiences have fallen in love with the mystical poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, and Kabir. In a similar vein, the poems in this book are translations, from the Bengali language, of some of the 5000 songs composed between the years 1982 and 1990 by Indian philosopher, activist and spiritual teacher Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar.