Rabindranath Tagore. The multifaceted maestro, also known as “Gurudev”, was best known as a poet, but his list of innumerable talents include a novelist who wrote and composed an entire genre of songs. Though there may be a handful few who would not know about the celebrated works of the genius, there are many other things done by him which are not popularly known.
India’s first Nobel Prize winner in Literature in 1913, Rabindranath Tagore as we all know is wrote the national anthem of India – ‘Jana Gana Mana’. But how many of us are aware that his song, ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’, was adopted as the National Anthem of Bangladesh and also the lyrics of Sri Lanka’s National Anthem were penned by him.
A poet a painter, a patriot, a philosopher, a novelist, an educationist, a singer, story writer, essayist, critic, a constructive worker… the list is endless. Rabindranath Tagore’s subtle artistic sense, his wisdom, his wide experience of life and extra-ordinary understanding of of human characters are are reflected in all his novels and short stories.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for English version of ‘Geetanjali’, in 1913. Rabindranath Tagore was the first Indian, in fact first Asian to get this prestigious award. But he rejected “Knighthood” in protest against Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.
There is no other personality or a great figure in any walk of life we can compare Rabindranath Tagore to, apart from Rabindra himself. He is considered one of the greatest figure in modern Indian Renaissance. The man was truly the real source of beauty and knowledge and an inspiration of noble thoughts and great ideas. His high ideals will always continue to remain the perennial river of inspiration in the days to come.