Kolkata: Today marks the 157th birth anniversary of India’s first Nobel Award winner Rabindranath Tagore.Rabindranath Tagore was considered a Nobel laureate, genius poet and the man behind composing India’s national anthem. He was given a nickname by Mahatma Gandhi and was called Gurudev with love and respect.
He contributed in reshaping Bengali literature and played a catalyst in the nationalist movement with his poems and music. He was born in 1861 in Calcutta and was the youngest of 13 children in the Jorasanko mansion and is widely known for authoring Gitanjali which made way for him to become the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in literature.
Tagoere is also referred to as the ‘Bard of Bengal’. He even expanded his fathers Santiniketan to what came to be as the Visva Bharti University.
The bard who was music iconFrom his iconic body of work in field of literature, Tagore was also a well-known expert in music. Gurudev wrote more than 2,000 songs, which are now known as ‘Rabindrasangit’. Several of them are inspired by his travels.
He was also highly influenced by the up-beat English, Irish and Scottish folk music that he often listened to along with Hindustani classical music.
World traveller at heart, Tagore travelled to over 30 countries on five continents in a little over five decades in the late 19th century and the early 20th century. The more he travelled, the more he fell in love with the concept of internationalism.