Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2022-23: Today is the 161st birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the author of the national anthem of India ‘Jana-Gana-Mana’. He was born on May 7, 1861, in Kolkata. Rabindranath Tagore wrote the national anthem of not only India but also the national anthem of Bangladesh ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’.
He was one of those stalwarts who traveled around the world to highlight the country’s prosperity and said that diversity in the nation is its strength and not its weakness. He was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize (for literature) in 1913.
The Nobel laureate died on August 7, 1941, leaving behind a void. In such a situation, on the occasion of his birth anniversary, we will tell you about the priceless words of Rabindranath Tagore.
Birth and Childhood of Rabindranath Tagore:
Rabindranath Tagore was born on May 7, 1861, in Jorasanko. His father’s name was Devendra Nath Tagore and his mother was Sharda Devi. Born in a Bengali family, Rabindranath Tagore was the youngest of 14 siblings. Rabindranath Tagore was good in his studies. He took his early education at the prestigious St. Xavier’s School.
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2022-23: Tagore’s Dreams and Education:
Rabindranath Tagore wanted to become a barrister. To fulfill this goal, he joined the Bridgestone Public School in England in 1878. Later studied law at the University of London College. But in 1880, he returned home without taking a law degree.
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2022-23; Rabindranath Tagore a poet:
Everyone knows that Rabindranath Tagore was an eminent poet, musician, playwright, essayist, and well-versed in many genres of literature. He was interested in writing poems and stories since childhood. Rabindranath Tagore wrote his first poem at the age of eight. At the age of 16, Tagore’s first short story was published. When he came back to India after studying, he started writing again.
Rabindranath Tagore’s career:
In 1901, Tagore established an experimental school at Santiniketan in the rural area of West Bengal. In this school, Tagore tried to mix Indo-Western traditions. Tagore started living in the school itself. Later in 1921, this school became Visva Bharati University.
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He also wrote the national anthem for Sri Lanka. He was the second person to address the World Parliament of Religions twice. Earlier, Swami Vivekananda had addressed the Parliament of Religions.
Achievements of Rabindranath Tagore
Tagore published many poems and books. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his poetry composition Gitanjali. He was the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Although Tagore did not accept this Nobel Prize directly. Rather, a British ambassador took the award in his place. But after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919, Tagore returned to this title. Tagore died on August 7, 1941, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2022-23: Why Rabindra Jayanti celebrated?
Various cultural festivals take place in Rabindra Jayanti. People recite his poems, stage his plays, and sing his immortal songs as a mark of tribute.
Normally, the celebration of Rabindra Jayanti starts early in the morning and continues till late at the night. Rabindra Jayanti is a very special occasion in Bangladesh as well.
Notably, Tagore wrote the national anthems of both India and Bangladesh: ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’. Bengalis all over the world come together on this day to pay homage to Tagore.
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