Santiniketan: Today we celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of an avid thinker in the history of India, Rabindranath Tagore. In his lifespan of 80 years (1861-1941), he became one of the most iconic figures that lived that period.
He was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, which was a new religious sect in nineteenth-century Bengal and which attempted a revival of the ultimate monistic basis of Hinduism as laid down in the Upanishads. He was educated at home; and although at seventeen he was sent to England for formal schooling, he did not finish his studies there.
He is popularly known to be the man behind the Indian national anthem but only few are aware that he also gave Bangladesh its national anthem as well. He is the first Asian to win the Nobel prize for literature. He has also founded a school and a university which are till date running in Santiniketan, West Bengal.
Rabindranath lived here and penned many of his literary classics (namely Tagore songs, poems, novels etc.) and his home is a place of historical importance. William Radice and Ketaki Kushari Dyson helped create a vision through English language on works of the great imaginer. Tagore was also an Indian subject of the British Monarch, adding to a literature dominated by the subcontinent’s mythologies.
Tagore as a man re-invented and reveled the way of imaginative thinking. He has remained an inspiration to all those, who want to explore things in an enticing manner, but still has managed to stay a mystical figure.