May 7 is the birth anniversary of the celebrated poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore. He was the man of vast talent and ignited the creative consciousness of the people. His revolutionary ideas had given a new direction to Indian art, culture and music. His works inspire people to see the world from a fresh perspective. He was amongst one of the faces of Indian Renaissance. The world also knows him as “the Bard of Bengal”. Let’s know more about his life on 157th birth anniversary.
The Nobel laureate was a calming musician and a cursive painter too. Tagore was born on 7 May 1861 in Kolkata in a highly educated and influential Bengali-Hindu family. He was never interested in the formal education system but his interest in art and literature was remarkable. He had written his first poetry at the age of 8 and then expressed himself though short stories, novels, essays and dramas. His works were mainly in Bengali. His most celebrated work was ‘Gitanjali’.
His family background and vivid travelling nature had left a great impact on his persona. He was an immense believer of idea of ‘One World’ and worked hard to spread it. In 1913, Tagore had become the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was against the British Raj and advocated independence from colonial rule. Tagore had penned down India’s national anthem. Gurudev had taken his last breathe on 7th August 1941.
Celebration on Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday
His official birthday falls on May 7 but Bengalis celebrate their Gurudev’s birthday on May 9 (Baisakh 25) as per Bengali calendar.
On his birth anniversary, various interesting programs are being organized in West Bengal and across India. Music fest and writing competition also take place. Schools had introduced voluntary classes on Tagore.
In fact, to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate, a painting exhibition titled ‘Rabindranath Tagore: Rhythm in Colours’ was inaugurated in Italy. This exhibition was inaugurated on 5th May. On this Tagore’s “rhythm of colours” exhibition, a presentation was held by Indian professor of Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan, West Bengal.
Check out how Twitterati is paying tribute to Rabindranath Tagore.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) May 7, 2018
On the birth anniversary of our national treasure Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore, this is my ode to the poet who has nourished the artiste in me. Link – https://t.co/qypNfbDjV1 #RabindranathTagore #Tagore
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 7, 2018
The Bard of Bengal & Jewel of India. #RabindranathTagore continues to amaze & inspire us. –Sg
— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) May 7, 2018
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) May 7, 2018