Remembering the – first non-European Nobel prize winner for literature – Rabindranath Tagore – celebrating 162nd birth anniversary

Last picture of Tagore in 1941
Last picture of Tagore in 1941

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Today we are celebrating the birth anniversary of – Nobel prize winner – Rabindranath Tagore

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Rabindranath Tagore

About Rabindranath Tagore

  1. He was born on 7th may 1861 in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  2. As per Bengali Calendar, Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is celebrated on 25th day of Boisakh, which is going to occur on May 9, 2023
  3. This year, we are celebrating his 162nd birth anniversary
  4. Rabindranath Tagore FRAS was a Bengali, who worked as a poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer and painter.
  5. He was also known as polymath.
    • A polymath is an individual whose knowledge spans a substantial number of subjects, known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems
  6. His fathers name was  Debendranath Tagore.
  7. His mothers name was Sarada devi.
  8. He was best known as a Poet.
  9. Rabindranath Tagore was an iconic figure in the Indian cultural renaissance. 
  10. In 1901 Tagore moved to santiniketan to found an ashram with a marble-floored prayer hall—The mandir —an experimental school, groves of trees, gardens, a library.
  11. There his wife and two of his childrens died.
  12. His father died in 1905.
  13. He received monthly payments as part of his inheritance and income from the Maharaja of Tripura, sales of his family’s jewellery, his seaside bungalow in Puri, and a derisory 2,000 rupees in book royalties.
  14.  He gained Bengali and foreign readers alike; he published Naivedya (1901) and Kheya (1906) and translated poems into free verse.
  15. In 1912, Tagore translated his 1910 work Gitanjali into English. 
  16. He wrote the national anthem of two countries India and Bangladesh.
  17. Tagore opposed imperialism and supported Indian nationalists, and these views were first revealed in Manast, which was mostly composed in his twenties.
  18. He got a Nobel prize for literature.
  19. On 25 March 2004, Tagore’s Nobel Prize was stolen from the safety vault of the Visva-Bharati University, along with several other of his belongings.
  20. He got another prize known as Knighthood.
  21. Tagore renounced his Knighthood in response to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.
  22. Some books written by Rabindra Nath Tagore is Geetanjali , Stray birds , The post office
  23. He died on August 7, 1941, Kolkata
  24. He was known by sobriquets: Gurudeb, Kobiguru, Biswokobi

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Rabindranath Tagore
  • Young Tagore in London, 1879
  • Last picture of Tagore in 1941

A poem of Rabindranath Tagore

Few achievements of Rabindranath Tagore

  1. In 1913 he became first non-European and the first lyricist to won a Nobel Prize for Literature for his collection of poetry named ‘Gitanjali’
  2. He wrote National Anthem of India and Bangladesh.
  3. He also contributed in National Anthem of Sri Lanka.
  4. He was only the person who wrote National Anthems of more than one country.
  5. He is widely regarded as the greatest modern Indian poet.
  6. He was awarded an honorary degree by oxford University.
  7. He founded the Visva Bharati University.
  8. He was also an Influential artist.
  9. He introduced the short story genre to Bengali literature.

Few Famous books of Rabindranath Tagore

  • Gitanjali
  • The Kabuliwala
  • Gora
  • Chaturanga

Thank you !!

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