Remembering Rabindranath Tagore

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Rabindranath Tagore

MNA Feature Desk: The birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is being celebrated today. Commonly known as Gurudev, Tagore was a prolific composer with 2,230 songs to his credit. His songs are known as Rabindra Sangeet.

Tagore was a born poet and he penned his first poetry when he was mere eight years old. At sixteen, Tagore released his first substantial poems under the pseudonym Bhanusimha.

He slowly graduated to his first short stories and dramas as he took significant step towards becoming an epitome of Indian literature. Tagore’s work, mainly in Bengali, denounced the British Raj and advocated independence from colonial rule.

Tagore was highly influential in introducing Indian culture to the West and is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of modern India.