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Prolific playwright,
novelist, and poet, winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature (1861-1941). We owe Tagore a debt of
gratitude for the bridges he built between Indian
and Western cultures.
Rabindranath Tagore's compassion ran deep and
permeated his writing. Today is his birthday! So this thread is a tribute to the legendary poet of India. Let's celebrate together!

Within the short span of
five years, his wife, son,and daughter died. Rather than becoming bitter,
Tagore turned his sorrow into tenderly poignant mystical poems. In 1891,
he went to manage his father's estate, living close to villagers and developing sympathy for them which became the keynote for later writings.

Although he was awarded
the knighthood in 1915,he surrendered it four years later to protest the British massacre of
Indians. In "Mind Without Fear," Tagore shares his dream of a world that's not been "broken up into
fragments by narrow
domestic walls:"
Where the mind is
without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not
been broken up into
fragments by narrow
domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards
perfection;Where the clear stream of
reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action --
Into that heaven of
freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

According to the Bengali calendar, the date of Tagore's birth is 25th Baisakh, 1268. It is uncertain where this date falls on the Gregorian calendar, May 8 being one
of the possibilities. Shuvo Jonmodin Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore!
Shuvo Jonmodin! India-Forums er pokkho hote Kobir proti Sroddhanjoli.

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Rabindranath Tagore

He was the youngest son of Debendranath
Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, which was a new religious sect in
nineteenth-century Bengal and which attempted a revival of the ultimate
monistic basis of Hinduism as laid down in the Upanishads. He was
educated at home; and although at seventeen he
was sent to England for formal schooling, he did not finish his studies there.

In his mature years, in
addition to his many-sided literary activities, he managed the family
estates, a project which brought him into close touch with common humanity and increased
his interest in social
reforms. He also started an
experimental school at Shantiniketan where he tried his Upanishadic ideals of education. From
time to time he
participated in the Indian nationalist movement,though in his own non-
sentimental and visionary way; and Gandhi, the political father of modern
India, was his devoted friend. Tagore was knighted by the ruling British Government in
1915, but within a few years he resigned the honour as a protest against British policies in

Tagore had early success as a writer in his native
Bengal. With his
translations of some of his poems he became rapidly
known in the West. In fact his fame attained a luminous height, taking him across continents on
lecture tours and tours of friendship. For the world he became the voice of
India's spiritual heritage;and for India, especially
for Bengal, he became a great living institution. Although Tagore wrote successfully in all literary genres, he was first of all a
poet. Among his fifty and odd volumes of poetry are Manasi (1890) [The Ideal
One], Sonar Tari (1894)
[The Golden Boat],
Gitanjali (1910) [Song
Offerings], Gitimalya
(1914) [Wreath of Songs],and Balaka (1916) [The Flight of Cranes].
English renderings of his poetry, which include The
Gardener (1913), Fruit-Gathering (1916), and The
Fugitive (1921),
do not generally correspond to particular volumes in the original Bengali; and in spite of its title, Gitanjali:
Song Offerings (1912)
, the
most acclaimed of them,contains poems from other works besides its namesake. Tagore's major
plays are Raja (1910) [The
King of the Dark Chamber], Dakghar (1912) [The Post
Office], Achalayatan (1912) [The Immovable],
Muktadhara (1922) [The Waterfall], and
Raktakaravi (1926) [Red Oleanders].
He is the author of several volumes
of short stories and a
number of novels, among them Gora (1910), Ghare-
Baire (1916) [The Home and the World], and Yogayog (1929)
Besides these, he wrote musical
dramas, dance dramas, essays of all types, travel diaries, and two autobiographies, one in his middle years and the other shortly before his death in 1941. Tagore also
left numerous drawings and paintings, and songs
for which he wrote the music himself.
Rabindranath Tagore died
on August 7, 1941.

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Guys now you all can pour your wishes to our legend. I will update the third reserved post soon.

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Nice work Afsara.

Very informativeThumbs Up

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Thank u afsara di for the thread. It's awesome.
Shuvo Jonmodin Rabindranath Tagore. He is no more but he'll be always among us for his works. I am a great fan of his poems,novels and songs.

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Originally posted by Aahaana

Nice work Afsara.

Very informativeThumbs Up

thank u di Big smile

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