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Rabindranath Tagore Birth Anniversary

Rabindranath Tagore Birth Anniversary:

Prime Minister recently paid tributes to Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary.

  • Rabindranath Tagore was a world-renowned poet, litterateur, philosopher and Asia’s first Nobel laureate.
  • He was born in Kolkata on May 7, 1861.
  • He was the son of Debendranath Tagore, a prominent philosopher and religious reformer.
  • He was popularly known as Bard of Bengal, and people used to call him Gurudev.
  • He introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit.
  • He was highly influential in introducing Indian culture to the West and vice versa.
  • In 1913 he became the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • He was also an influential artist and musician. He wrote around 2230 songs and painted 3000 paintings. His songs are known as Rabindra Sangeet.
  • Rabindranath Tagore wrote India’s national anthem, Jana Gana Mana. He also wrote Amar Sonar Bangla, the national anthem for Bangla The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.
  • He was awarded a knighthood in 1915, but he repudiated it in 1919 as a protest against the Amritsar (Jallianwalla Bagh) Massacre.
  • Viswa Bharti University, which was known as Shantiniketan founded by Rabindranath Tagore.
  • Tagore’s most notable work of poetry is Gitanjali: Song Offerings, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
  • Other notable poetry publications include Sonar Tari and Manasi.