Here's Remembering Rabindranath Tagore On His 158th Birth Anniversary


Here's Remembering Rabindranath Tagore On His 158th Birth Anniversary

New Delhi: Rabindranath Tagore the first Indian Nobel laureate who reshaped Bengali literature and music, Rabindranath Tagore was also an educationist. He started the Viswva Bharati University in Shantiniketan, and in the process, challenged conventional mores of education.

Rabindranath Tagore was born on the 25th day of Boishakh month in 1422 according the Bengali tradition and as per the Gregorian callender he was born on May 8 or May 9. 

Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-European who was awarded Nobel Prize for literature in the year 1913. He was given this award after the publication of his acclaimed collections of poems 'Geetanjali'.

He is the only person who has written two national anthem for two different countriesz. Jana Mana Gana for India and Amar Shonar Bangla for Bangladesh. Even Sri Lankan national anthem is based on the song written by Tagore.

Tagore was not too fond of formal education and was tutored by his elder brother Hemendranath. Such was his distaste that he would later in life attend college for one single day only.

Tagore and Gandhi were well acquainted and in fact, it was Tagore who conferred the title ‘Mahatma’ on the father of nation. Tagore and Einstein met four times between 1930 and 1931 and revered each other moved by their mutual curiosity to grasp other’s contributions, their search for truth and love for music.