Rabindranath Tagore was one of the most talented persons that the world has ever produced. He ranked himself with literary giants of the world like Shakespeare, G.B. Shaw, Tolstoy and others in the firmament of literary world by dint of his extraordinary genius.
Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7th May, 1861 in Tagore family at Jorasanko, Kolkata. Rabindranath was a poet, a novelist, critic, short story writer, philosopher, educationist, scientists and social reformer. Every branch of Bengali literature was highly enriched by his immortal contributions.
It was Rabindranath who placed our country into the most prestigious position in the world though his astounding and immortal contributions to all branches of Bengali literature and language and won the most covetable Nobel Prize in the year 1913 for his composition of the Gitanjali, a collection of poems – rendered into English.
Rabindranath showed the signs of his genius though his occasional writings of poems that created wonder among his seniors. Like Matthew Arnold, he was ‘self-schooled’ and ‘self-scanned’ yet left an undying impression of his poetic talent though his writings in different branches of Bengali literature.
The works of Rabindranath Tagore includes poems, music, novels, drama, painting, short stories, etc.
His novels are
- Shesher Kobita
- Gora (1910),
- Ghare Baire,
- Char Odhay .
Gitanjali is a Nobel Prize winning collection of poetry.
The national anthem of India, “Jana Gana Mana”, was composed by him.
The poet breathed his last on 7th August, 1941. Since then, more than seventy years have passed but we cannot forget him for his poetic genius.
In the year 1986, the 125 birth day anniversary of the poet was observed as a mark of profound respect to the poet throughout the country amidst great enthusiasm. The present generation feels indebted to this great poet for his undying contributions hat strengthened the cultural unity among the nations defying the territorial limits of different countries of this planet.
The death of the poet has created a void among us for his absence. But the wealth he has left for us in the form of his writings will inspire us to remember him with deep regards.