One of India’s brightest lights, Rabindranath Tagore, was born on May 7th, 1861. He is famous for being the first Indian to receive the Nobel Prize in 1913 for his literary work. While he is strongly identified with Eastern India and the Bengali Renaissance, his works have been inclusive and adopted by all India.
Stories by Rabindranath Tagore and the Bengali Renaissance
His style of writing, dreamy prose and romance was perfect for the Edwardian era in Europe and propelled him to fame. A good sense of his art can be found in the Netflix series Stories By Rabindranath Tagore. We believe that the treatment has been good and fair, with minor modern interpretations that don’t spoil his writing.
None of his work was accidental, he is considered to be the culmination of the Bengali Renaissance. Upper caste Bengali Hindus in modern day West Bengal and Bangladesh cultivated art
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore in 2020, megastar Amitabh Bachchan paid his tributes to the legend. Bachchan took to Twitter and posted a picture of the literature laureate and wrote, “Greetings on this day the Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.” “Poet, writer, philosopher, creator of educational institutions, of eminence .. writer of the National Anthem .. shat shat naman (my tribute),” his tweet further read.
One writer, two national anthems
Tagore has penned several renowned poems, songs, and literary works including the national anthem of India – Jana Gana Mana – and Bangladesh – Amar Shonar Bangla.
“Amar Shonar Bangla” was written by Tagore in 1905 as an ode to Mother Bengal, immediately after Bengal’s first partition. Later, during the Bangladesh Liberation War, the first 10 lines of the song were adopted as the country’s national anthem in 1971.
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India’s national anthem was composed and translated into English a century ago, on this day
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