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The Literary Genius - Rabindranath Tagore

May 06, 2022    7 min read

“Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time” - Rabindranath Tagore

A man of many talents and a literary prodigy, Rabindranath Tagore carved a distinct identity for himself. Born on 7th May 1861, he showed his inclination towards arts and literature from a very young age. He was unaffected by the privileges he was born with and continually seeked ways to better himself. Through his foolproof and unmoved observation of people he derived an in depth understanding of human nature. His references were at times philosophical but eventually they were all driven with the idea to help people better their daily lives.

Tagore was born in West Bengal and took great interest in understanding his roots better. He wanted to modernize Bengali literature and take it to the people of the world. He wrote poetry as an eight year old and later developed a flair for writing poems and fiction. At the age of 16, he released his first collections of poems and stories. Rabindranath Tagore has led his life as a humanist and an ardent freedom fighter who fought for India’s independence through the power of the written and the spoken word. Tagore’s career spanning over a period of more than 6 decades is a testimony of his contribution to India’s great cultural history in the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century. In his work ‘My Life’ he has mentioned that he was able to develop his creative abilities because of the environment he was raised in. The earliest influences that shaped his artistic sensibility were mentioned in his literary work called “My Life.”

He published more than 40 plays and over 2500 songs. His two works have been chosen by two nations as their national anthems, while everyone is aware of India’s national anthem, “Jana Gana Mana” not many are aware of Bangladesh's "Amar Shonar Bangla.” It is also believed that Sri Lanka’s national anthem was inspired from his work as well. Of all the legendary work done by Tagore, one of his greatest works of all time is Gitanjali. Gitanjali roughly translates as Song Offerings and Tagore was already popular for his art. This composition eventually made him world renowned with the publication of the English translations of Gitanjali in 1912. The publication of Gitanjali was a life changing event in Tagore’s writing career.

Tagore was also the founder of Santiniketan and he created the school on the principles of humanism and sustainability. He believed in learning from the environment and practical teaching. Located in West Bengal, it is one of those institutions that brings alive Tagore’s vision of a new age. Education also goes beyond the confines of the classroom and he believed that children can learn so much more when they fee free

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