Rabindranath’s 160th birth anniversary today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:46, May 07,2021


Rabindranath Tagore

Today is the 160th anniversary of poet Rabindranath Tagore, who reshaped Bengali literature and music as well as the arts of the Indian subcontinent by exploring contextual modernism.

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Rabindranath, Bangladesh Television will air a recorded programme in association with Surerdhara organised by the ministry of cultural affairs.

Bangladesh Shipakala Academy, Chhayanaut, Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, Rabindra Sangeet Bikash O Shilpi Shommilon Kendra, Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha Dinajpur, Songskriti and others will pay tribute to Tagore by organising online programmes.

Rabindranath, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, was born on the 25th of Baishakh in 1268 Bengali year at Jorasanko in Kolkata.

Nobody had influenced the minds of so many Bengali-speaking people before or after him. His popularity, which was gradual and steady, has been compared by many to Shakespeare in the English-speaking world.

The youngest of thirteen surviving children, Tagore, nicknamed Rabi, was born on 25th of Bengali month of Baishakh in 1268 (May 7, 1861) in Jorasanko Mansion in Kolkata to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.

His novels, short stories, songs, dance dramas and essays always provided insights into social reality and sought to add value to individual life.

Gitanjali (song offerings), Gora (fair-faced) and Ghare-Baire (the home and the world) are his best-known works and his verse, short stories and essays had a universal appeal as their lyricism and naturalism revealed a contemplative mind.

The author of our national anthem, for his profoundly sensitive verses in Gitanjali, Rabindranath became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in literature.

Tagore’s songs were viewed as both spiritual and mercurial.

His compositions dedicated to the people of the region were chosen by two nations as their national anthem: Bangladesh’s Amar Sonar Bangla and India’s Jana Gana Mana. The Sri Lankan national anthem was also inspired by his work.

The legendary poet breathed his last at his paternal residence in Kolkata on Sraban 22 of Bangla year 1348 (August 7, 1941).

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