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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, also known as Gurudev was a Bengali polymath who made huge contributions to literature, art and music. Born in May 1871, Tagore found himself interested in Poetry at a young age of 8. Over time he started writing short stories and dramas as well. A large number of his writings Tagore advocated the freedom from British Raj. However, his writings also played an influential role in the shaping of Bengal renaissance, with their ideas of modernism and liberalism. Tagore's works combined the elements of personal with political in unique ways. In 1921 Tagore founded the Vishwa Bharati university at Shantiniketan that was a break away from the regular rote-learning mode of education to a kind that connected the students to humanities studies world over. In 1913, Tagore became the first non-European to win a Nobel prize in literature. He is also the composer of India's national anthem. Tagore's contributions to Indian culture and literature are celebrated widely not just in India but also internationally.


Here's why you should plan a trip to the university town of Shantiniketan

October 24, 2019 2:41 pm

Not many know that 'Shantiniketan' was actually the name of a guesthouse that Tagore senior had built when he founded the Brahmo Samaj circa 1863.

Great Storytellers for Children: Rabindranath Tagore

January 16, 2020 10:50 am

Among his popular works are Bristi Pare Tapur-Tupur, an early poem that recreates the rhythm of the Bengali nursery rhymes that he loved in his childhood. Kadi-o-Komal was his first collection of poetry for children, followed by Sonar Tari and Kshanika.

Short story for kids: The Rats’ Feast by Rabindranath Tagore

October 17, 2019 11:22 am

Rabindranath Tagore Birth Anniversary 2019: "The old man saw that the pot that had been full of kodma sweets was now empty. And the pot that had held khoi chur, sweets made of parched rice, had not a grain left in it."

Why Rabindranath Tagore is a poet of Bengal, India, the world

May 09, 2019 9:52 am

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti: Abroad, too, cities with large Bengali populations celebrate the phenomenon called Rabindranath. New York, London, Chicago, Toronto, Paris boast Rabindra Sangeet academies, the number of students increasing by the day. The real reason is the desire to keep close to one's language, the land of one's birth.

Rabindranath Tagore, the unlikely conservative on Hindu marriages

May 09, 2019 9:23 am

As with many progressive Hindus of the time, Rabindranath Tagore had some conflicting ideas about the role of women in a marriage and marital life. On his 158th birth anniversary, Sahapedia looks at how Tagore underwent brief but visible phases of social and cultural conservatism.

Rabindranath Tagore Death Anniversary: 7 books your child will enjoy reading

August 07, 2019 10:58 am

Introduce your child to Rabindranath Tagore's works by getting them to read these interesting books, which include read aloud illustrated books as well as those for older children, stepping into adolescence.

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti: Works by the legend which are relevant in modern-day India

May 07, 2019 12:26 pm

Although no list can justify what Rabindranath Tagore had written, here are some of his works one can revisit as we celebrate his birth anniversary. They have gained relevance over the years.

Melting Pot: Navi Mumbai Bengali community keeps this weekend for Tagore

May 07, 2019 3:02 am

While Rabindra Jayanti, a public holiday, is observed on May 7, the community has planned to hold its annual programme a few days later on the weekend and has also expanded its roster this year to also pay tributes to four other celebrated Bengali poets.

Rabindranath Tagore lookalike hogs the limelight in Kolkata neighbourhood

February 25, 2019 7:48 pm

Somnath Bhadra, who, with his curly grey hair and a long beard, looks exactly the same as Nobel-winning poet, author, musician and artist Rabindranath Tagore.

Kolkata: Following "lungi dance" controversy, Visva-Bharati asks all to maintain decorum

November 27, 2018 10:42 pm

A video purportedly showing some teachers joining students in dance to the beats of Hindi film song 'Lungi dance' during a game of musical chair at the Sangeet Bhavan(music department) has gone viral on social media.


Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti: Pearls of wisdom by the 'Bard' on his birth anniversary

May 09, 2019 9:02 am

Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, is credited with reshaping Bengali literature, music and art in the 19th and 20th centuries. The eminent Bengali poet, philosopher, novelist, playwright, and lyricist is the only one to be associated with the national anthems of three countries — India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Born on May 7, 1861, in the Jorasanko mansion in Kolkata, his work requires little introduction. On his birth anniversary, here are some pearls of wisdom from the legend himself.

Rabindranath Tagore's 77th death anniversary: Rare photos of 'Gurudev' with Mahatma Gandhi

August 07, 2018 1:23 pm

Rabindranath Tagore was India’s first Nobel Laureate and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for ‘Gitanjali’, which is Tagore’s best-known collection of poetry. Tagore breathed his last on 7th August, 1941.

Rabindra Jayanti: Poetic words of wisdom by Rabindranath Tagore

May 07, 2016 2:30 pm

On his birth anniversary, here are some nuggets of wisdom from poet Rabindranath Tagore.

So, what is 'nationalism'? Here's what Tagore, Einstein, Orwell, etc, had to say

February 22, 2016 6:42 pm

12 quotes on nationalism that are bound to make you think about which side of the 'anti-nationalism' debate are you on.

People pay tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his 154th birth anniversary

May 09, 2015 4:34 pm

154th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was celebrated on Sunday.