"The Stalwart called Tagore"

Rabindranath Tagore

1861 - 1941

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He gave us the words of our National Anthem that we sing with great pride. . He was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his poignant and beautiful verse 'Gitanjali'. He founded a new genre of Bengali music called Rabindra Sangeet that has classical singers in rapture till today. He reshaped the Indian art scene with Contextual Modernism and gave a new lease of life to Bengali literature. He was also an important pioneer in our Freedom Movement. 

In the many towering personalities Indian history has given us, Rabindranath Tagore always stood out. Not just for his epic works and contribution to Indian independence, but for his unmistakable long beard, which became an inherent part of his identity even a century and half later. 

It is no easy task to sum up the life of an individual like Tagore whose way with words won hearts all over the world. 

He once said, "I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy". Tagore dedicated his life living up to these ideals. He amazed the world with his poetry, short stories, dramas, paintings, sketches, doodles and over 2000 songs, which till today are read by studied extensively by students of art. 

His legacy is continued in Santiniketan University and Visva-Bharati school which he set up modelled on educational institutes abroad. Even to this date his birth anniversary is celebrated by different fraternities across the world. The annual Tagore Festival is held in Urbana, Illinois (USA) and Rabindra Path Parikrama walking pilgrimages are organized from Kolkata to Santiniketan. 

The greatest poet India has ever created, will always be sorely missed for his creative zing and contemporary thinking. 

This is a SoulPrints tribute to Rabindranath Tagore.

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