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Millions of Salutes to the biggest Laureate of our Land Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore on his 151st Birthday

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

“Kobiguru” as known to all in Bengal and India is a polymathic name which has flowed into each and every household of Bengal at the dawn of 19th century, the most remarkable period probably in the history of Bengal which was full of all eminent intellectuals and laureates. We Indians proudly celebrated the 150th Birth Anniversary of this Lagendary Poet, Dramatist, Playwrite, Lyricist, Musician, Philanthropist and Educator through the last one year along with Bangladesh. It was obvious that a man of such a higher degree was to be honoured with the highest award in the world in his field and so was done in the year of 1913, which is another historic moment for India as its first person, Rabindranath Tagore received the Nobel Prize in this year. If 2011 was the year to celebrate his 150 years of Birth anniversary, then 2012 is marked as another historic year in which the world is celebrating the 100 years of the brilliant and soul touching verses ever written by any Indian, ‘Gitanjali.’ The 19th century hold the glory of the Royal state of Bengal that included the names like Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy, Raja Ram Mohan Roy and so many more to follow. This Renaissance period was full of glory from all the fields of Knowledge and Kobiguru stood with the most brightest personality that enriched the Bengali literature and gave a new dimension to it. Tagore was a person who was full with varied interests in him for which his soul touched all sorts of human emotions that he travelled in his lifetime. The poetries written by Tagore had spiritual touch and were all mesmerizing verses that touched the hearts of all people and with “Songs Offerings” his sensitive verses crossed the boundaries of Bengal and flourished the European literatures along with the other literatures in the world.


Rabindranath Tagore better known as “VishwaKobi” is one of most famous figure in India and Bangladesh. Our national anthem “Jana Gana Mana” was composed by this great author. Rabindranath Tagore is an iconic literary figure. Rabindranath Tagore has occupied a pivotal position in the heart of all Bengalis. He has also composed the national anthem of our neighbouring country Bangladesh “Amar Sonar Bangla Ami Tomay Valobasi”. Bangladesh adopted this song as their National Anthem in the year 1972. In the year 2010, a joint Commission was set up between India and Bangladesh in order to celebrate 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The Joint Commitee highlighted the celebration of Birth Anniversary of “VishwaKobi” Rabindranath Tagore after the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in January, 2010. This joint collaboration was a stepping stone that helped to strengthen the ties and bonding of the two neighbouring countries, India and Bangladesh. On 27th April, under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh a National Committee was formed to chalk out the plans that were needed to for a perfect Commemoration and a National Implementation Committee was set up to implement the plans of the National Committee. There were number of programs that took place under this Committee’s plans. The inaugural function was held in New Delhi on 7th May, 2011 in New Delhi and an earlier function at Dhaka in Bangladesh on 6th May 2011 that started the year long celebration of the Birth Anniversary began on 7th May, 2011. Along with the Prime Minister and Finance Minister of India, The Planning Minister of Bangladesh was also present at the ceremony. Many cultural programmes were organised round the year by both the countries to celebrate the birth Anniversary of the Legendary Poet Rabindranath Tagore.

“WHERE have I come from, where did you pick me up?” the baby asked its mother.
She answered half crying, half laughing, and clasping the baby to her breast,
– “You were hidden in my heart as its desire, my darling.”

The opening lines of ‘The Beginning’, where a child asks his mother about his origin and his lovely mother answers that the one came from her heart, the ultimate place of joy and the best place which you can conquer in anybodys’ heart. For a mother the most beloved thing is her child and so she always yearns to see smile on her child’s face. Just like this for a Poet it is search for his queries or the desires that has been locked in his soul from the very beginning of his birth and this was how Tagore touched the hearts of millions through his numerous songs or poems, where he searched for his inner desires or emotions and was so called one of the greatest visionaries. The Crescent Moon (1913), Selected Poems (Volume I, II, IV,V), Sheshlekha (published posthumously in 1942), Crossings, Poems from Purabi, Kavi ka Hriday, The Gardener (Specially dedicated to W.B. Yeats, published in 1913), Fruit Gathering (depicting various stages of author’s poetic personality), Poems of Kabir, Gitanjali (1912) and many more Poems which cannot be ended in a short list. You can visit RightShopping.in and can explore the world of sensible verses with Tagore who will take you to a space where you will get to know about the deep understandings of Gurudev (Rabindranath Tagore), who was a master in this. The verses of each of the poems written by Kobiguru is no doudt the reflection of his inner soul which travelled a long journey into the lives of the people surpassing all the boundaries in search of eternal love, the fondest feeling that the poet searched in numerous words which got immortalised in the world of literature.


The youngest son of Sri Debendranath Tagore (1817–1905) and Sarada Devi (1830–1875) was born on 8th May (Ponchishe Baisakh as known by Bengalis) in the Jorasanko Thakurbari in Calcutta. ‘Rabi’ was raised most of the time by the servants as his mother died at an early age. His childhood days passed with education provided at home and grew up listening and viewing musics (both classical and western), theatres, plays and recitation, which took place at the Thakurbari. This influenced him a lot and the young poet in him took birth at the very primitive age of seven, when he wrote his first poem. The journey started from this time and went on flourishing not only in Bengal but also rest of the country and European world in the later half.

‘I know not how thou singest my master! I ever listen in silent amasement
The light of thy music illumines the world. The breath of thy music runs from sky to sky.
The holy stream of thy music breaks through all stony obstacles and rushes on.
My heart longs to join in thy song.’

One of the beginning poems of “Gitanjali,” the masterpiece composed by the Poet in english at the time of his voyage to England in the year of “1912” is completing its Centenary this year, that is “2012.” So it is quite evident from this fact that how much does the celebration matters to all of us and specially to the Indians who have grown up reading the Tagore literatures that included various poems, stories, essays and dramas of Rabindranath Tagore. Gitanjali means songs that were offered as prayer to God by Gurudev. It consists of a unique and heart touching collection of poems in it which the Poet translated in English in 1912 and then on reaching England when these brilliant creations got notice of W.B. Years then became instantly famous in the western world and earned the poet a great name in the histroy of English Literature. Rabindranath Tagore not only is an eminent figure in the Indian Literature but also a well known figure in the western world. Mostly famous for his poems, Tagore is much renowned in Europe, Middle East, America, Japan and China, where his literary works got translated into local languages and were received appreciation from the popular literary figures of their countries who loved reading Tagore’s works. Today when we are celebrating his 151st birthday, Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore has surpassed all the boundaries and has conquered a lovable place in the hearts of millions of people round the world.

Versatility perfectly suits on the name of this eminent laureate of the nation and the first man from our land to be awarded with ‘Nobel Prize in 1913’ for his outstanding work in “Gitanjali.” The one and only person to write two National Anthems for the two countries in the world, i.e. India (‘Jana Gana Mana’, sang for the first time at the Calcutta Congress Special Session, 1911) and Bangladesh (‘Amar Sonar Bangla’). He was a true nationalist and so loved his country a lot and was an active person involved with the Freedom struggle of India. Rabindranath Tagore did some critical works through his essays, lectures and letters which were composed and brought into the light of literary world where they were regarded as some of the gems in the Literature. You can go through these rare collection of Gurudev at our site, which include, Mahatmaji and the Depressed Humanity (1932), East and West (1935), Man (1933), Creative Unity, Letters to a friend (1928), Journey to Persia and Iraq (1932), Aspects of Environmental Studies, Crisis in Civilization (Sabhyatar Samkat, 1941), Nationalism etc.

‘My Pictures’ is a wonderful collection of some of the beautiful pictures drawn by the expert Artist Sri Rabindranath Tagore through out his life. His drawings are mentioned with some brief note on each of the pictures and at the end there are writings on his own art. The journey does not only stops here for you as he also wrote a large number of Plays, Novels and Dramas. The Home and the world (Ghare Baire), The Broken Nest (Nashto Nir), Post Office and Card country (1912), Yogayog, Chokher Bali, Gora, The crown, Prince, The Wreck, Hungry Stone, Red Oleanders (1912), Four Chapters (1934) etc. available at our site.

‘Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake’

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