Ten Interesting life facts about Rabindranath Tagore

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Rabindranath Tagore

  1. 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.
  2. Rabindranath’s father was a great Hindu philosopher and one of the founders of the religious movement, ‘Brahmo Samaj’.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The period between 1891 and 1895 proved to be fruitful during which, he authored a massive three volume collection of short stories, ‘Galpaguchchha’.
  7. In 1901, Tagore founded an ashram at Santiniketan (West Bengal), where he lost his wife and two of his four children.
  8. 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.
  9. Rabindranath Tagore took up drawing and painting when he was around sixty years old. His paintings were displayed in exhibitions organized throughout Europe.
  10. Rabindranath Tagore breathed his last on 7 August 1941 (aged 80) in Kolkata’s Jorasanko mansion.
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