Rabindranath Tagore was a great Bengali poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright
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Rabindranath Tagore was a great Bengali poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright

Lahore : Pakistan | Aug 04, 2011 at 4:57 AM PDT
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His poetry in translation was viewed as spiritual, and this together with his mesmerizing persona gave him a prophet-like aura in the west. His "elegant prose and magical poetry" still remain largely unknown outside the confines of Bengal.Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to political and personal topics. Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and contemplation.Tagore opposed imperialism and supported Indian nationalists. He renounced his knighthood in protest against the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. In 1901 he moved to Santiniketan to found an ashram which grew to include a marble-floored prayer hall, an experimental school, groves of trees, gardens, and a library. Tagore died on 7 August 1941 in an upstairs room of the Jorasanko mansion in which he was raised, aged 80 years. His death anniversary is mourned across the world.Tagore was perhaps the only litterateur who penned anthems of two countries - ''Jana Gana Mana'', the Indian national anthem and ''Amar Shonar Bangla'', the Bangladeshi national anthem. Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) was a Bengali poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright who reshaped Bengali literature and music. As author of Gitanjali with its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1913).

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