Learn More

Rabindranath Tagore

[Gurudev] (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941 / Calcutta (Kolkata), Bengal Presidency / British India)

Rabindranath Tagore
Do you like this poet?
11010 person liked.
1295 person did not like.

Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali: রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর) sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped his region's literature and music. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; his seemingly mesmeric personality, flowing hair, and other-worldly dress earned him a prophet-like reputation in the West. His "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from ... more »

Click here to add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.

Comments about Rabindranath Tagore

more comments »
Click here to write your comments about Rabindranath Tagore
  • Rookie - 0 Points M. Emad (11/14/2014 8:54:00 PM)

    INCLUDE PAKISTAN IN RABINDRANATH TAGORE’S 150TH BIRTHDAY JOINT ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMMES.

    UNESCO declared 2011 as the year of Rabindranath Tagore and his 150th birth anniversary were celebrated all across the globe including Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia and China. Bangladesh and India had arranged a year-long joint commemorative programmes both at government and non-governmental levels. However, little was heard from Pakistan.

    Ironically, Tagore’s writing became an indicator of tolerance of a society. Tagore’s writing was banned and burned in Nazi-occupied Europe, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan. Tagore was once banned in Communist Russia and China. Tagore became a target from all directions in pre-1971 Pakistan. Finally in 1971, Tagore became a matter of ‘life and death’ in Pakistan Army occupied Bangladesh. Pakistan’s fury knew no bound when the Bangladesh (Mujib Nagar) Government-in-Exile adopted ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ as the National Anthem of Bangladesh in May 1971. Tagore experts at Universities were selectively targeted and killed by the Pakistan Army and Al-Badr Killing Squads. I remember my mother tore pages from a thick book and threw into oven fire during a house to house search in old-Dhaka city by Pakistan Army (probably October/November 1971) — a (Tagore’s) volume was mistakenly not destroyed till then.

    State-sponsor manipulation of religion is nothing new in Pakistan. But during 1980′s the military rulers in Pakistan adopted a US plan funded (mainly) by Saudi Arabia — the radicalisation of the society and defence forces (to subdue the communist Russia in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries) . Over the years radical and militant ideas rooted deeply in Pakistan society. Civil society, media and intellectuals seems cowed into submission and radical jihadist become uncontrollable for its creators. Nuclear armed Pakistan’s trajectory is now defined by the radicals. This cause panic in US and rest of the world. Now the US has came up with ‘de-radicalisation’ plan which include the promotion of Sufism (Sufi teachings, Sufi music, Sufi Universities etc.) . Many doubt if ‘Sufi therapy’ would work for Pakistan at this late stage but there is no harm in trying it. The core of Sufism — peace, love, tolerance, enlightenment — and Tagore’s philosophy are essentially the same. Like the Sufis, Tagore has message for the soul.

    So, I request the Bangladesh and Indian governments and non-governmental cultural organizations to include Pakistan in their joint celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary and beyond.


    -M. Emad

  • Veteran Poet - 4,111 Points Ronjoy Brahma (10/16/2014 6:14:00 AM)

    My favorite indian poet, i really like his poetry

  • Rookie Rishabh Dev (7/7/2014 2:37:00 PM)

    poets from the universe dare not to stand before thee.. Gurudev
    all looks like pupil of thine..

  • Rookie Rishabh Dev (7/7/2014 2:27:00 PM)

    when the tagor's river of felicity flows in me from top to toes.. There is no pain no gain
    only ecstasy time and again...

  • Rookie - 18 Points Surabhi Panda (6/23/2014 4:35:00 AM)

    thoughtful, simple and affective poems.

  • Gold Star - 10,501 Points Ramesh Rai (2/21/2014 2:59:00 PM)

    I find peace and solace while reading his poems.

  • Rookie Arko Chakraborty (10/1/2013 8:58:00 AM)

    do check my poem i just posted....wating for people to rate my work...

  • Rookie Soubhik Roy (9/15/2013 4:08:00 AM)

    For me he is the best poet that I have never seen in the past decades.

  • Rookie Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan (8/29/2013 11:48:00 AM)

    Westerners reading Tagore's poems here in English translation will not fully understand his true poetic genius. His poems in original Bengali are a musical and aesthetic delight. Tagore was not only a poet, but also a painter and singer. He used to sing his poems in his melodious voice. His words emanate from the very depth of human heart and speak universal truth. Here is a poet of utter compassion, in whose compositions you will never find a tinge of narrowness or bigotry. Like the legendary Soma and Homa birds of the Vedas, his consciousness remained always aloft.

  • Rookie Soma Kayal (8/23/2013 2:36:00 AM)

    He had known about our heart. thus he wrote for us...........for that reason we always get a similarity of his poem with a situation in which we are belonged sometime........

Read all 36 comments »
[Hata Bildir]