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Rabindranath Tagore was a legendary Bengali poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and songwriter—and the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The moment that set his life in motion was also his life’s great tragedy: the loss of his childhood friend, first love, and muse Kadambari Devi. In Childhood Songs, Tagore conjures the spirit of Kadambari, through the memories they share and in her indelible mark on his life and work. With an ensemble playing the many characters who occupied Tagore’s life, we journey with him through his triumphs and tragedies, discovering Kadambari by tracing the shape of her absence.