7th May ,the 158th birth anniversary of the first Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, who has given literature a new identity to the international level. He was born on 7 May 1861 in Jorasanko Mansion in Kolkata. He was not only a poet but a musician, painter and writer too. Let’s know the interesting things related to them-
- Rabindranath Tagore was the first person whose compositions are sung in the form of a national anthem in two countries. One of them is Jana Gana Mana of India … and the other is Aman Shonar Bangla of Bangladesh …. Rabindranath Tagore has composed thousands of songs.
Some of Tagore’s things are such that still inspires people. He used to say that by standing on water or seeing it, the ocean was not crossed. It has to be stepped up to cross. Believing faith in life, he used to say that this (faith) is a bird which experiences light in darkness before the morning and sounds like songs.
One of Tagore’s popular books is ‘The King of the Dark Chamber’. That’s been auctioned in the US last year for seven hundred dollars (about 45 thousand rupees). This book was published in 1916 by the McMinnil Company, which is an English translation of Tagore’s Hindi play ‘Raja’. The story of this play is related to a mysterious king.
- A different form of art and literature was seen in Santiniketan of West Bengal. Tagore had a deep connection with this. This is because his father founded an ashram in 1863 as a Brahmo Samaj Ashram and a school. Here again, Ravindranath Tagore founded the Visva Bharati University.
- There is also a digital collection of Rabindranath Tagore’s 3,500 poems. The special thing is that there are 15 such poems in this collection, which were read by the Tiger itself. Other 245 poems have been written by the speakers. This collection has been prepared by the Furnendu Development Government.
In addition to the presentation of poems, in the ‘Rabindra Kobita Archive’ 110 rabindra music and 103 English poems are also included. At the same time Tagore’s 60 most popular poems have been kept in a separate gallery called ‘Most Famous Poems’. After five years of research, these poems were compiled.
- Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was also well-versed in drawing pictures. He started making pictures during the age of 60. Many of his exhibitions are located in Europe, Russia and America.
- He had traveled dozens of countries including America, UK, Japan and China. He also wrote a dozen novels.
- Tagore studied law in London after completing his studies from St. Xavier’s School. But he came back without a degree Tagore’s brother Satyendra Nath Tagore passed the Indian Civil Service in 1864 and became the first ICS in the country.
Tagore was married to Mrinalini Devi in 1883. His wife later received higher education and went to England to study as well. He also translated some books. Tagore had five children with him.