Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday paid tribute to “the great poet and writer” Rabindranath Tagore on Pochishe Boishakh.
Mamata Banrejee in a tweet said, “Today is the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. My tribute to the great poet and writer on Pochishe Boishakh”.
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Today is the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. My tribute to the great poet and writer on Pochishe Boishakh
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 9, 2018
Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath, who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
He was the first non-European to win Nobel Prize in literature for his collection of poems– Gitanjali for “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”. Tagore is often referred to as “the Bard of Bengal”.
His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India’s Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla. The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.
Tagore was born on the 25th day of Boishakh in the year 1348, as per the Bengali calendar, and he always celebrated his birthday on this day during his lifetime. Tagore aficionados have stuck to that date.