World celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranth Tagore

"Creation is not repetition, or correspondence in every particular between the object and its artistic presentation. The world of reality is all around us. When I look at this phenomenon with my artist's eye, things are revealed in a different light which I try and recapture in my picture - call them realistic or not. There is a world of dreams and fantasies which exists only in a man's imagination. If I can but depict this in my pictures I can beat the Creator at His own game."

-- Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore (Hindustani pronunciation: [rə.ʋɪn̪..d̪rə.n̪aːtʰ], Bengali: [ʈha.kur ro.bin̪..d̪rɔ.natʰ]; Bengali: রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর, Robindronath Ţhakur)α[›]β[›] (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941),γ[›] sobriquet Gurudev,δ[›] was a Hindu 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",[2] he was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1913).[3] 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.[4]

A Pirali Brahmin[5][6][7][8] from Kolkata, Tagore was already writing poems since he was eight years old.[9] At age 16, he published his first substantial poetry under the pseudonym Bhanushingho ("Sun Lion")[10][11] and wrote his first short stories and dramas in 1877. Tagore achieved further note when he denounced the British Raj and supported Indian independence. His efforts endure in his vast canon and in the institution he founded, Visva-Bharati University.

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 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 Close-up on a Bengali word handwritten with angular, jaunty letters Born 7 May 1861(1861-05-07) Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India Died 7 August 1941(1941-08-07) (aged 80) Calcutta, Bengal Province, British India Pen name Gurudev/Bhanu Shingho

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