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Rabindarnath Tagore

India is paying its tribute to the legendary poet, philosopher and social reformer Rabindranath Tagore on his 77th death anniversary.


» He was the first Indian to win Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.
» He is sometimes referred to as "the Bard of Bengal".
» His collection of 157 poems, 'Gitanjali' was published in 1910 and it was later published in English in 1912 in London.
» He has a collection of more than 2,000 songs to his credit famously known as 'Rabindra Sangeet'.


» His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India's Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh's Amar Shonar Bangla. The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.
» He was conferred with Knighthood by the British Crown but he later renounced it in 1919 in protest of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

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Thanks for posting this. He was a great poet, and even a mystic. We can all do well to read / listen to his words of wisdom.

That fact about renouncing his knighthood just makes me respect him all the more.

The actual terms is "Knight ... of the British EMPIRE." I don't know why any decent man would want to have that behind his name.