In the 148th year of his birth let us not forget that Rabindranath, born in the family of the ‘greats’ – was himself like a sun shining brightly over the firmament of India. From his birth on 7th o May in the year 1861 to his demise 1941 he spanned 80 years of the most important and glorious years of Indian life in him.
A poet’s life of ivory towers was not for him. The Partition of Bengal brought him out to the streets, singing patriotic songs and selling swadeshi goods on his head! The movement could not draw the Muslims and the downtrodden in its fold. Rabindranath found the drag to consist in illiteracy. So he started his Brahmacharyashrama at Santiniketan. Education, literacy –enlightenment – were his cries and that is why he was so impressed with the mass education policy of the Soviets when he went there on his ‘pilgrimage’. His ‘Gitanjali’ won him the Nobel Prize in 1913 and at once the German scholars called him the ’World Poet’. At home his voice thundered against all injustice of the British Government and he denounced militarism everywhere – be it in Japan or in Germany. Even in his deathbed he blessed the Soviets and expressed confidence in their ultimate victory.
Picture of – Ranindranath Tagore
Picture of – Rabindranath Tagore & Hellen Keller.
In the year 1883 Rabindranath got married to Mrinalini Devi Roychowdhury and he had 2 sons and 3 daughters. In the year 1890 Rabindranath Tagore went to East Bengal (now Bangladesh), where he collected local legends and folklore. In between 1893 and 1900 he wrote 7-volumes of poetry, including Sonar Tari (The Golden Boat), 1894 and Khanika, 1900.
Picture of – Lyrics of Rabindrasangeet
Rabindranath was great as a Poet . He was great as a Philosopher . He was great as an Educationist. He was great as a Humanist . As a member of great Bengalee race we are proud that we had in our midst one like Rabindranath.
Government of West-Bengal decalred a Holiday and a festival date of the Birth day of Rabindranath Tagore, named Rabindra Jayanti on 25th Baisakh.