Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel laureate who wrote India’s national anthem, was born on May 7, 1861. In 1913, he won the Nobel Prize in literature for Gitanjali, a beautiful set of poems that is loved by readers even today.
Tagore channelled all the Nobel prize money in establishing Vishwa Bharati University at Santiniketan. This Bengali polymath’s contribution to music and literature is unforgettable.
Many of us have read ‘Gitanjali’. This article is not only for them but also for those who are still waiting to read it. These seven beautiful lines will make you want to read the entire collection.
Famous poet, ‘W.B.Yeats’, who wrote the introduction for the English version of Gitanjali writes, ‘A few days ago I said to a distinguished Bengali doctor of medicine, ‘I know no German, yet if a translation of a German poet had moved me, I would go to the British Museum and find books in English that would tell me something of his life, and of the history of his thought. But though these prose translations from Rabindranath Tagore have stirred my blood as nothing has for years, I shall not know anything of his life, and of the movements of thought that have made them possible, if some Indian traveller will not tell me.’
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