Rabindranath Tagore

Today is 8th August. 22 Srabon. Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's death anniversary. A big day for Tagore fans worldwide.

Rabindranath Tagore's (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) works run into 80 thick volumes in small print; a painter, a poet and a penner of some of the best songs in the world.  His music, poems or words needs no other language other than love.

 Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore. Getty images.

In 1941, Thakur left us on 7th of August. But today, although 22 Srabon (Indian calendar month), isn't 7th August.

The last moment of our hero's demise was marked by the shiver of his right hand. Gradually, he raised his hand which fell on his forehead. Thereafter, he fell down.

Tagore became history.

Tagore was a man who not just reshaped Bengali literature and music, but created ripples worldwide. The author of Gitanjali with its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", was the first non-European Nobel laureate. His poetry in translation, viewed as spiritual, created a mesmerizing persona and gave him a prophet-like aura.

Be it his novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, or essays-- they spoke of everything, from political to personal. He had the power of weaving magic in his work, which connected people all around the world.

Born to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi, in Jorasanko mansion in Kolkata, Tagore was the youngest among his 13 siblings.

Tagore's work revolves around a large number of issues. While Ghare Baire excoriates rising Indian nationalism, terrorism, and religious zeal in the Swadeshi movement; Jogajog talks about women being entrapped between duty and family honour simultaneously, allowing the laureate to demonstrate his feminist learnings.

Tagore composed roughly around 2,230 songs, creating a complete new world of music, Rabindra Sangeet. The Indian National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana,
that we proudly salute to, is also one of the creations of the great man.

He might have left 70 years ago, but Rabindranath Tagore continues to live within us. Through his various forms of art--as songs, poems, stories, novels, philosophies and paintings and most of all--memories, Tagore exists and will be living with us forever.

Cheers to Rabi Thakur.

Rabindranath Tagore's timeline is available here

Updated Date: Aug 08, 2011 19:14:59 IST

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