Let's know about Rabindranath Tagore: a poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher

Let's know about Rabindranath Tagore: a poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher

Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7th May 1861 in the Jorasanko mansion in Calcutta. Tagore loathed formal education. His brother Hemendranath tutored him. His scholarly travails at the Presidency College spanned only for a day.


At the age of eleven, he left Calcutta with his father to tour India for several months, visiting his father's Shantiniketan estate and Amritsar before reaching the Himalayan hill station of Dalhousie. There he read biographies, studied history, astronomy, modern science and Sanskrit



Tagore returned to Jorosanko and completed a set of major works by 1877, one of them a long poem in the Maithili style of Vidyapati. He debuted in the short-story genre in Bengali with "Bhikharini" ("The Beggar Woman"). Published in the same year, Sandhya Sangit (1882) includes the poem "Nirjharer Swapnabhanga" ("The Rousing of the Waterfall")


Tagore wrote novels, essays, short stories, travelogues, dramas, and thousands of songs. Of Tagore's prose, his short stories are most highly regarded; he is indeed credited with originating the Bengali-language version of the genre. His works are frequently noted for their rhythmic, optimistic, and lyrical nature. Such stories mostly borrow from the lives of common people.


Tagore's non-fiction grappled with history, linguistics, and spirituality. He wrote autobiographies. His travelogues, essays, and lectures were compiled into several volumes, including Europe Jatrir Patro (Letters from Europe) and Manusher Dhormo (The Religion of Man). On the occasion of Tagore's 150th birthday, an anthology (titled Kalanukromik Rabindra Rachanabali) of the total body of his works is currently being published in Bengali in chronological order. This includes all versions of each work and fills about eighty volumes.


In 2011, Harvard University Press collaborated with Visva-Bharati University to publish The Essential Tagore, the largest anthology of Tagore's works available in English; it was edited by Fakrul Alam and Radha Chakravarthy and marks the 150th anniversary of Tagore\"s birth.


Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti


Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti or Rabindra Jayanti is a cultural celebration to mark the birth anniversary of the luminary, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary. Celebrated annually and globally in May, Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti falls on the 25th day of the Bengali month of Boishakh. Tagore was born on the day in the year 1268, according to the Bengali calendar and 1861 AD, as per the Gregorian calendar. Tagore was also referred to as ‘Gurudev’, ‘Kabiguru’, and ‘Biswakabi’.


In remembrance and reverence for the polymath that Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was, cultural programmes and events are held during the day. These include the life and works of Tagore, singing Rabindra sangeet (songs composed by Tagore, which many singers have also sung their renditions of), dances, drama, writing, poetry recitation and others. The day is celebrated on a large scale at Shanti Niketan in Birbhum, West Bengal, primarily at Visva-Bharati University which was established by him.

In the year 2011, to mark and honour Gurudev’s 150th birth anniversary, the Government of India had issued five rupee coins.


Let's remember the great poet on his birth anniversary.



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