Read selected poems from Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore, the influential Bengali Poet, short story writer, song composer, novelist, playwright, essayist and painter was born on 7th May 1861 in Calcutta.
Tagore is best known for being the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He was knighted in 1915 by King George V, but he repudiated his knighthood in protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.
Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal. Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced) and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed—or panned—for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation. His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India’s Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla.
Rabindranath Tagore died on 7th August 1941, aged 80, in Calcutta in the same home he was raised in.