Ten Interesting life facts about Rabindranath Tagore
- Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7th May 1861, to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi in Kolkata. Nicknamed ‘Rabi’, Tagore was the youngest child of his parents and grew up in a household of fourteen children.
- Rabindranath’s father was a great Hindu philosopher and one of the founders of the religious movement, ‘Brahmo Samaj’.
- He left his hometown, Calcutta, with his father in February 1873, on a tour of the Indian subcontinent. While on this journey, he read the works of famous writers, including Kalidasa, a celebrated Classical Sanskrit poet. Upon his return, he composed a long poem in the Maithili style, in 1877.
- Tagore went to England in 1878 to become a Barrister and enrolled himself at a public school in Brighton. Later, he studied at University College London.
- In 1882, he wrote one of his most acclaimed poems, ‘Nirjharer Swapnabhanga’. He was a widely traveled man and had visited more than thirty countries on five continents.
- The period between 1891 and 1895 proved to be fruitful during which, he authored a massive three volume collection of short stories, ‘Galpaguchchha’.
- In 1901, Tagore founded an ashram at Santiniketan (West Bengal), where he lost his wife and two of his four children.
- In 1913, Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming Asia’s first Nobel laureate. In 1915, he received knighthood from the British Crown.
- Rabindranath Tagore took up drawing and painting when he was around sixty years old. His paintings were displayed in exhibitions organized throughout Europe.
- Rabindranath Tagore breathed his last on 7 August 1941 (aged 80) in Kolkata’s Jorasanko mansion.
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