Reba Som

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Dr. Reba Som (born, Darjeeling, West Bengal) is an academic, historian, writer and classical singer from India. She is the director of Indian Council for Cultural Relations' Rabindranath Tagore Centre in Kolkata.

Reba Som is also a trained singer of Rabindrasangeet. Her compact disc, Selected Songs of Rabindranath Tagore (III Millenneo, Rome, Italy 2003 and Saregama – India, May 2004) includes her English translations and transliteration of Tagore’s lyrics.

Personal life[edit]

Married to Foreign Service officer Himachal Som in 1971, Reba has travelled all over the world on postings that include Brazil, Denmark, Pakistan, United States, Bangladesh, Canada, Laos, Italy amongst others. Rome was the last posting where her husband was India’s Ambassador. She has two sons Vishnu Som, one of India's leading television journalist and news anchor and Abhishek Som,[1] a New York based investment banker.


  • Som, Reba (1995). Differences within Consensus: The Left-Right Divide in the Congress 1929-39. New Delhi, India: Orient Longman. ISBN 81-250-0409-2. 
  • Som, Reba (2004). Gandhi, Nehru and Bose: The Making of the Modern Indian Mind. New Delhi, India: Penguin Books (Viking). ISBN 978-0-670-05800-6. 
  • Som, Reba (February 1994). Jawaharlal Nehru and the Hindu Code Bill – Victory of Symbol over Substance?. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 28, Part 1. 
  • Som, Reba (2009). Rabindranath Tagore: The Singer and his Song. New Delhi, India: Penguin Books (Viking). ISBN 978-0-670-08248-3. 
  • Som, Reba (2002). Subhas Chandra Bose and the Resolution of the Women's Question. New Delhi, India: Centre for Women's Development Studies.