Rabindranath Tagore, who was popularly known as Gurudev, was born in Calcutta on May 7, 1861. A renowned polymath, Tagore singlehandedly reshaped the region’s literature and music. He was the first Indian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. As part of his works, Rabindranath Tagore freed the Bengali literature from traditional models that were based on Sanskrit by introducing prose and verse forms in it.
On his 158th birth anniversary, here are 5 things you should know about the man because of whom we have our National Anthem:
Rabindranath Tagore wrote the National Anthem for not just one country but two of them. One for India, “Jana Gana Mana” and the other for Bangladesh, “Amar Sonar Bangla.”
Rabindranath Tagore began writing poems when he was only eight. When he turned 16, he released his first collection of poems namely, ‘Bhanusimha’. By 1877, he was writing short stories and dramas under his own name at the mere age of 16.
When he was sixty years old, he took drawing and painting in his hands. Since than he had many successful exhibitions and works under his name.
Rabindranath Tagore has always been a curious soul who loved traveling. And while on a trip to various countries, he used to observe keenly about the socio-political culture of a country. Jawaharlal Nehru once wrote, ” “He (Tagore) has been India’s internationalist par excellence, believing and working for international co-operation, taking India’s message to other countries and bringing their message to his own people.”
It was Rabindranath Tagore, a poet who blended spiritual and romantic notions in his quest to understand the human soul and the divine. It was seen in all of his works. He was the man who shaped the literature of the nation.
Remembering the greatest souls of the times and times after that. Happy Birthday, Gurudev!