The nation remembers Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary, today 7 May. Born in 1861, Tagore's immense contributions as a poet, painter, author and dramatist remain a vital part of Indian art and culture even today.
The day falls on the 25th day of the Bengali month of Boishakh or Ponchishe Boishakh. To celebrate the occasion, a number of cultural programmes and events including drama, dance and poetry competitions are held in schools, colleges and educational institutes.
Rabindranath Tagore's achievements:
Rabindranath Tagore got his first work his first published at the age of 16 years under the pseudonym Bhanusimha. Also known as Gurudev, Kabiguru and Biswakabi, he was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his poetry collection Gitanjali in 1913.
Tagore’s works including Ghare Baire, Chokher Bali, Jogajog, Gora and Monihara still hold relevance today. Many renowned filmmakers have made brought his works to life on screen including Rituparno Ghosh, Satyajit Ray and Tapan Sinha.
The Nobel laureate also penned Rabindra Sangeet, a collection of over 2,000 songs.
Tagore even contributed immensely to Bengali art and culture and achieved fame as a painter as well. He founded Visva-Bharati university at Santiniketan in 1921, which remains one of the oldest Central universities in the country.
Tagore holds the unique distinction of having composed the national anthems of two nations- India and Bangladesh.
Let’s have a look at some quotes by Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary:
- "Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark."
- “The most important lesson that man can learn from life, is not that there is pain in this world, but that it is possible for him to transmute it into joy.”
- "You can't cross a sea by merely staring into the water."
- “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
- “The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.”
- "If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”