Meaning of life: In pursuit of excellence

Out of the many jewel personalities produced in India, Shri Rabindranath Tagore shines almost at the top of the list.

Gurudev, Robindronath Thakur


Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

10 must know things about Shri Rabindaranath Tagore-

Rabindranath Tagore was not only the first Indian but also the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize, which he received for Literature in 1913

He reshaped Bengali literature and music and was a poet, author, painter and a polymath. He wrote poems, stories, dramas and songs which got him global recognition

He has written national anthems of two countries-India and Bangladesh. The national anthem of India was composed as Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata in Bengali and was adopted as the national anthem on January 24, 1950. The national anthem of Bangladesh (Amar Sonar Bangla…) was written in 1905

Tagore’s best known works include Gitanjali, Gora, Ghare-Baire, Chokher Bali, Kabuliwallah, The Postmaster and Shesher Kabita

Tagore was an educationist who started the Viswva Bharati University in Shantiniketan because he severely disliked the conventional modes of education

Rabindranath Tagore is known by many names – Gurudev, Kabiguru, Biswakabi and “the Bard of Bengal” 

Tagore and Gandhi were well acquainted and it was Tagore who conferred the title ‘Mahatma’ on the father of nation.

Tagore hosted Gandhiji andhis wife Kasturba at Shantiniketan in 1940

Tagore and Einstein met four times between 1930 and 1931 and revered each other moved by their mutual curiosity to grasp other’s contributions, their search for truth and love for music

Two geniuses together -Rabindranath and Einstein

The painter William Rothenstein met Rabindranath in 1910. Tagore gave Rothenstein his translations from the Gitanjali—when he travelled to London in 1912. Rothenstein was completely won over by Tagore’s poems and introduced Tagore to people like Ezra Pound and WB Yeats

His quotations were way beyond his time and inspires mankind even today

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

Satyajit Ray’s documentary on the Master

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.

Last picture of Tagore

To experience the magic of Tagore’s words, read the following works –

The Magic of Tagore

Gora

Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Stories

Geetanjali

Greatest works by Rabindranath Tagore

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