Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti

  • Date: Monday, 07 May 2018
  • Event: Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti

 

विक्रम सम्वत् 2075 वैशाख शुक्ल सप्तमी                                     7th May 2018 

 

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 

 

Rabindranath Tagore is known as one of the greatest writers in modern Indian literature, Bengali poet, novelist, visual artist, playwright and educator. He became Asia's first laureate winner of the most prestigious award Nobel Prize in 1913. He was awarded the knighthood in 1915, but he surrendered it in 1919 as a protest against the Massacre of Amritsar, where British troops killed some 400 Indian demonstrators protesting colonial laws.

 

Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta on 7th may in the year 1861 to the Debendranath Tagore, a religious reformer and scholar; and mother Sarada Devi, who died when he was young. He belonged to an affluent and rich Brahmin family. He started to compose poems at the age of eight. Tagore was educated at home by a tutor, as he was not happy getting educated within the four walls. He was a curious and creative child and although at seventeen he was sent to England for formal schooling, but he did not finish his studies there. In his mature years, he came close with common humanity and raised his interest in social reforms. He also started a school at Shantiniketan where he tried his Upanishadic ideals of education. Rabindranath's reputation as a writer was established in the United States and in England after the publication of Gitanjali, songs offerings, in which he tried to find inner calm and explored the themes of divine and human love. His cosmic visions owe much to the lyric tradition of Vaishnava Hinduism and its concepts about the relationship between man and God. 

 

 

Rabindranath Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance dramas, and essays on various topics. He brought a cultural reform who modernized art by strictly adhering to classical Indian forms. His composition 'JANA GANA MANA' has been adopted as a national anthem of India and yet another composition by him 'AMAR SHONAR BANGLA' is acclaimed the national anthem of Bangladesh. His works are an exclusive blend of Indian poetry and pious theology. He took his ideas of great scholarly works from the Vedas and Upanishads. A soothing mixture of Indian classic and popular folklore of Bengal has been attributed to him and is called as Rabindra-Sangeet. 

 

Between the years 1916 and 1934 he travelled widely, attempting to spread the ideal of uniting East and West. He breathed his last in 7th August on 1941. But still he his alive in his great thoughts among every individual who is not only an Indian but also in foreign country. 

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