|Birth: ||May 6, 1861|
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 1941|
Author, Composer, Teacher. Sometimes called "The Shakespeare of India," he won the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Asian to receive the award. He wrote prolifically in every literary genre, and created a number of "dance dramas" for which he composed the music as well as the text; but he is best regarded for his poems and songs about nature, love, and youth. He wrote in Bengali and translated many of his works into English himself. Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot greatly admired Tagore, and William Butler Yeats penned the introduction for "Gitanjali" ("Song Offerings," 1912), the most famous of his 50-plus collections of verse. Tagore was born in Calcutta. His father was Debendranath Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj religious sect, and his work reflects Brahman philosophy. In 1915 Tagore was knighted by the ruling British government, but he resigned the honor four years later in protest against British policies in India. He lectured throughout the world and founded the Santiniketan, or "World University," outside Calcutta. Tagore's song "Jana Gana Mana" (1911) was adapted as India's National Anthem in 1950. (bio by: Bobb Edwards)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered in the Ganges River, India.
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Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Jan 29, 2005
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