The Name That Never Fades
Whenever we talk about the word ‘Literature’ the first name that appears in our mind is the most renowned poet & writer of the globe, the one who is within our heart is none other than Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore. His name is known to each & every citizens of the whole world because he had contributed infinite writings, paintings, stories, novels, playrights, songs etc.
For a brief information about Rabindranath Tagore let’s know about his childhood & his literary journey & even awards he received. He took birth on 7th May, 1861 in the Jorasanka Thakurbari in Kolkata as the youngest child of Debendranath Tagore & Sarada Devi. As he grew up he did home schooling so that he could learn and know whatever he wanted. From the age of just 8 years his journey started with the first poem of his life, ‘Abhilas’. It got published in the Tattavabodhini Patrika in the year 1874. He actually started enjoying whatever he did.
That way he had made over 2,300 paintings & drawings, composed almost 2,300 songs & over 50 volumes of writings. He was really a multi talented person, he was a poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist, story writer, composer, painter, philosopher, social reformer etc. For his works he usually used his pen name, Bhanusimha (Sun Lion). Rabindranath Tagore’s notable works includes Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair faced), Ghare Baire (The home & the World) etc. Two of his composed songs have been chosen for the National anthem of two countries, ‘Jana Gana Mana’ for India & ‘Amar Shonar Bangla’ for Bangladesh.
For his beautiful & touching poetry of Gitanjali, he received the Nobel Prize in the field of Literature in 1913. He even received the Doctorate Of Literature by Oxford University in 1940. The time when Tagore grew up it was British-India. The British ruled over our country & for protesting that he wrote several poems, stories & songs. And in 1915 the British awarded him their most prestigious award, Knighthood. But in protest for April 13, Jallianwala Bagh massacre where they killed many of Tagore’s Indian brothers, in 1919 he returned the title of Knighthood. That was the biggest protest he did to the British.
For his wonderful, heart touching & mind refreshing write up & other wonderful works he was called by various names such as Gurudeb, Kabiguru & Biswakabi. Kabiguru touched our hearts through the works & uniqueness and speciality of Rabindra Sangeet that though old through age but as good as new.
But does time ever waits? It goes on & on to somewhere nobody knows. As the days passed, on 7th August, 1941 Kavi Guru Rabindranath Tagore left his mere body & went on with the pure soul. Before leaving the world, he had reached the Bengal and its Bengali culture to such a level no one ever thought of. Or else why would the Royal Asiatic Society refer him as ‘The Bard Of Bengal’. Our Rabindranath Thakur, our pride, the whole Bengal’s pride made a huge contribution as a Bengali writer to our world. And the way he did he’ll always remain among us, in our hearts & minds through his works. Whenever we’ll hear the Rabindra Sangeet or read his stories & poems we’ll remember him.
Lastly I would like to conclude with the most touching quote of Rabi Thakur.
“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life,
your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
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