First published May 6, 2022 at 9:37 am IST
Rabindranath Tagore is a well known poet and prolific writer whose works include poetry, short stories and plays. He was also the first Indian to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as a novelist who wrote and composed a whole genre of songs.
Rabindranath Tagore is a well known poet and prolific writer whose works include poetry, short stories and plays. He was also the first Indian to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as a novelist who wrote and composed a whole genre of songs. His contributions to literature, music, art and politics are outstanding.
Here are lesser known facts about Rabindranath Tagore:
1. People frequently call him Gurudev. Rabindranath Tagore’s pseudonyms include Kabiguru and Biswakabi.
2. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 and is the only Indian to have received the award in this field. He won this coveted prize for his collection of poems titled Gitanjali.
3. Tagore used to create songs, novels, and dramas depicting ordinary people’s lives, literary criticism, philosophy, and social concerns.
4. He was knighted in 1915, but he resigned on May 31, 1919, in protest at the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre in Amritsar, Punjab.
5. On the 150th anniversary of Tagore’s birth, a bronze monument of him was unveiled in Gordon Square, London, in 2011. The inscriptions on this statue, according to Prince Charles, “will light up like a light of tolerance”.
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6. Rabindranath Tagore, who also wrote the national anthem, was a multifaceted individual in every way. He was one of those brilliant people ahead of his time, which is why his meeting with Albert Einstein is experienced as a conflict between science and spirituality.
7. Tagore built Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan, West Bengal, only to challenge traditional classroom teaching techniques. Many university sessions are still held under trees in open spaces. In 1951, Visva Bharati University was designated as the central university.