Not many of us know that Gandhiji got the title of Mahatma from none other than Rabindranath Tagore. Today is the 150th birth anniversary of the man who gave a politically charged slogan “ Ekla Chalo Re” during India’s struggle for freedom. Tagore won the Nobel Prize for literature in the year 1913, the first Asian to be honoured so. Like Leonardo Da Vinci, Tagore is regarded as the modern day Genius of India, having diverse talent in the field of Literature, Music, and Painting. He was the leading force behind the Bengali Renaissance movement. His songs comprised the Rabindra Sangeet which later on became an integral part of Bengali Culture. He was also fondly called as” Gurudev”.
Though known mostly for his rhythmic and lyrical poetry, Tagore also wrote novels, essays, short stories, travelogues, dramas, and thousands of songs. Tagore’s short stories are most highly regarded; he is credited with originating the Bengali-language version of the genre. He also wrote non-fiction books with topics ranging from Indian history, linguistics and spirituality.
Tagore founded the Vishwa Bharti University in Shantiniketan in the year 1921. Tagore was an extensive traveler; he is believed to have visited thirty countries in five continents. The idea behind his travels were to make his work familiar with non-Indian audience and to promote his political ideas.
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