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Rabindra Jayanti 2023 – A Day Dedicated to The Greatest Poet, Writer and Philosopher

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Rabindranath Tagore, an Indian Nobel laureate known as the Bard of Bengal, was born in Kolkata on May 7, 1861. As per the Bengali Calendar, he was born on the 25th of Baishakh. Gitanjali (Offerings of Songs), the poet-author’s collection of poems, Tagore became the first Indian to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. 

Tagore was a poet, novelist, playwright, composer, painter, philosopher, and social reformist. His contributions to Bengali and Indian literature and music, as well as Indian art, have earned him and his country international recognition.

According to the Bengali Calendar, Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday will be commemorated on May 9, 2023, throughout India, particularly in West Bengal. On this, the 162nd birthday anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, we will provide comprehensive information about him. Continue reading the article to its conclusion.

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2023

Event

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2023

Also Known as

Rabindra Jayanti

Rabindranath Tagore’s birth date

7th May 1861

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2023

9 May 2023 

Day

Tuesday

Rabindranath Tagore’s Biography

Rabindranath Tagore
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Rabindranath Tagore was born as Rabindranath Thakur on 7 May 1861 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (present-day Kolkata, West Bengal, India) to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi. Tagore’s mother Sarada Devi passed away when he was young, and his father Debendranath Tagore traveled extensively. Tagore was therefore reared by servants. Dwijendranath, the eldest sibling of Rabindranath Tagore, was a philosopher and poet. The other sibling of Tagore to be appointed to the Indian Civil Service was Satyendranath. Jyotirindranath, his sibling, was a musician, composer, and playwright, while Swarnakumari, his sister, was a novelist.

Hemendranath, Rabindranath’s sibling, instructed him in anatomy, geography, history, literature, mathematics, Sanskrit, and English. Tagore toured India with his father when he was 11 years old, following the completion of his Janeu. Rabindranath Tagore visited his father’s estate in Santiniketan and spent a month in Amritsar before traveling to the Himalayan hill station of Dalhousie, where he read biographies, studied history, astronomy, modern science, and Sanskrit, and examined the classical poetry of ‘Kalidasa’. Tagore was profoundly affected by the Gurbani and Nanak Bani chanted at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Tagore made his debut in 1882 with the Bengali short story Bhikarini.

Rabindra Nath Tagore attended a public school in England in 1878 because his father intended for him to become a lawyer. Tagore studied law at University College, London, but left to pursue independent study. His reading of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra, and Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici greatly influenced him.

Tagore returned to Bengal in 1880 without a degree and began publishing poems, short stories, and novels. Although he did not obtain national recognition, he became well-known in Bengal.

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Rabindra Jayanti 2023 Celebration

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is widely observed and celebrated in India and around the world. Tagore’s contributions to Indian and global culture are commemorated through a variety of cultural activities, musical performances, and poetry recitations on this day. Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is commonly observed in the following ways:

Cultural Events: Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is marked with a variety of cultural events, including dance performances, theatre shows, and musical performances. Many of these events take place at Tagore’s alma mater, West Bengal’s Visva-Bharati University.

Poetry Recitations: Tagore was a brilliant poet whose poetry continues to inspire people all around the world. Individuals and groups recite his poems on Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti, and many schools and institutions have poetry recitation competitions.

Music Performances: Tagore was also a well-known musician, and his works are still appreciated in India and Bangladesh. Musical performances are planned for Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti to honour his contributions to Indian classical music.

Art Exhibitions: Tagore was a great artist, and his paintings and sketches are still recognized today. On this day, many art galleries and museums host exhibitions of Tagore’s work.

Educational Activities: Tagore was a notable educationist, and many schools and institutions arrange educational activities like essay writing competitions, debates, and quizzes to remember his contributions to education on Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti.

Social Gatherings: Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is also a time for social events when people gather to honour Tagore’s life and legacy, as well as to recall his contributions to Indian and global culture.

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is a day of celebration and remembering that allows people to come together and appreciate India’s rich cultural history.

Literary Works of Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore wrote effectively in every literary genre, but he was primarily a poet. Among his approximately fifty volumes of poetry are:

Manasi (1890), Sonar Tari (1894), Gitanjali (1910), Gitimalya (1914), and Balaka (1916).

The English translations of his poetry, such as The Gardener (1913), Fruit-Gathering (1916), and The Fugitive (1921), do not correspond to specific volumes in the Bengali original.

The most important plays by Tagore are Raja (1910), Dakghar (1912), Achalayatan (1912), Muktadhara (1922), and Raktakaravi (1926).

Among his numerous short story collections and novels are Gora (1910), Ghare-Baire (1916) [The Home and the World], and Yogayog (1929) [Crosscurrents].

In addition, he composed musical dramas, dance dramas, essays of all types, travel journals, and two autobiographies, one written during his middle years and the other shortly before his death in 1941. Tagore also left behind numerous paintings, drawings, and compositions for which he composed the music. In addition, he portrayed the title character in his first original dramatic work, Valmiki Pratibha.

Nobel Prize

Tagore won numerous awards. In 1913, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1919, immediately following the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, he resigned the knighthood rank he had received from King George V in 1915. In the end, in March of 2004, the Nobel Prize was removed from Visva-Bharati, and in December of that same year, the Swedish Academy sent gold and bronze replicas of the award. In 2016, however, the thieves’ concealing place was discovered, and the stolen treasure was recovered.

Significance of Rabindra Jayanti

Rabindra Jayanti is a significant celebration of Rabindranath Tagore’s life and legacy. India’s cultural icon. Here are some of the primary factors for the significance of the day:

Celebrating Tagore’s contribution to literature: Rabindranath Tagore is one of India’s most renowned authors. And his works continue to inspire individuals worldwide on Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti. People honour his literary contributions by organizing literary events, poetry recitals, and readings of his works.

Remember Tagore’s philosophy of education: He believed that education should be founded on a holistic approach. This incorporates the traditional and contemporary. And that it should encourage originality, autonomy, and critical thinking. On Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti, educational institutions organize seminars and workshops on education to honour his philosophy.

Promoting cultural harmony: Tagore’s works promote cultural harmony by transcending cultural and national boundaries. His philosophy of unity in diversity remains applicable today. Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is a celebration of cultural diversity and cultural harmony.

Inspiring future generations: Tagore’s life and works continue to inspire people of all ages and origins, thereby inspiring future generations. The importance he places on education, art, and culture. As a means of social transformation, art provides future generations with inspiration and direction.

Paying tribute to a national icon: In India, Rabindranath Tagore is regarded as a national icon. And Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is a time to honour his contributions to the culture and society of India.

Overall, Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is a significant holiday. The life and works of Rabindranath Tagore, as well as the promotion of his educational, cultural, and social reform philosophy. It is an opportunity to remember and commemorate his contributions to Indian culture and society, as well as to serve as an inspiration for future generations.

Famous Books 

  • Gitanjali
  • The Home and the World
  • The Postmaster
  • Chokher Bali
  • Fireflies
  • The Post Office
  • The Kingdom of Cards
  • Gora
  • Waiting
  • The Victory
  • Chitra: A Play In One Act
  • The Homecoming
  • Ghare Bhaire
  • Friend
  • On the Nature of Love 
  • Paperboats
  • Shesher Kabita

Popular Songs

  • Bhalobese Sokhi
  • Fagun Haway Haway
  • Duar Mor
  • O Amar Desher Mati
  • Jagorone Jay Bibhabori
  • Amaro Porano Jaha Chay
  • Kon Khela Je Khelbo
  • O Je Mane Na Mana
  • Amaro Porano Jaha Chay
  • Emni Kore
  • Tomay Notun Kore Paabo Bole
  • Amay Bolo Na
  • Ore Nutan Juger Bhore
  • Purano Sei Diner
  • Premium Purano Sei Diner
  • Bhalobeshe Sakhi Nribhito Jotone
  • Majhe Majhe Tobo Dekha Pai
  • Jagorone Jaay
  • Amar Mallika Bone

Rabindranath Tagore’s Achievements and Awards

  • In 1913, Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first Indian to do so.
  • In 1915, the British crowned Rabindranath Tagore with the Knight Title, but after the incident at Jallianwala Bagh in 1919, Tagore declined to retain the title to protest the terror.
  • The paintings of Rabindranath Tagore were displayed in Paris and London in 1930.
  • During his sojourn in Birmingham, later in 1930, Rabindranath Tagore composed Oxford.
  • Tagore was a co-founder of the Japanese Dartington Hall School.
  • The Indian Postal Department paid tribute to Rabindranath Thakur on May 7, 1961, when a stamp bearing his name was issued.
  • Indian Government, West Bengal Government, and many Private Firms honoured Rabindranath Tagore by establishing Institutions, Health Centers, and numerous Seva Centers around the world in his name.

Interesting Facts 

Rabindranath Tagore was a multifaceted individual with a wide range of skills and passions. The following are some intriguing details about him:

  • Tagore was a talented artist who was recognized for his paintings and drawings.
  • He wrote his first poem when he was eight years old.
  • At the age of 16, his first collection of poems, “Kabi Kahini,” was published.
  • Tagore began his formal education at age nine.
  • He spoke multiple languages, including Bengali, English, Hindi, and Sanskrit.
  • Tagore composed the national anthems for both India and Bangladesh: “Jana Gana
  • Mana” for India and “Amar Shonar Bangla” for Bangladesh.
  • He was an intimate companion of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Tagore was a proponent of the notion of universal brotherhood.
  • He advocated for the education and empowerment of women as a supporter of women’s rights.
  • He was a visionary who proposed the unification of Asia.

Rabindranath Tagore’s Quotes

 “If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door- or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.”  ― Rabindranath Tagore

“The small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent, pure.

The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable.”― Rabindranath Tagore

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door — or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.” – Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindra Jayanti Wishes 2023

We are blessed to have a personality like Rabindranath Tagore in our lives to guide us, motivate us and lead us towards success…. Happy Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti.

On the birthday of Rabindranath Tagore, I wish that you always take some time out to read his beautiful work to take inspiration for a meaningful life.

Never feel worried when there is darkness because darkness promises the advent of brightness in your life…. Best wishes on Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti.

We are blessed to have a personality like Rabindranath Tagore in our lives to guide us, motivate us, and lead us toward success…. Happy Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti

Fortunate are those who have had a chance to read the wonderful masterpieces of Rabindranath Tagore….. Sending you warm wishes on the birthday of the legend Shri Rabindranath Tagore!!!”

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is a perfect occasion to remind everyone around us of a man who is worth following in his footsteps.

We are blessed to have a personality like Rabindranath Tagore in our lives to guide us, motivate us, and lead us toward success.

Let us celebrated the pious occasion of Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti by promising ourselves to read more of his creations to keep them alive for generations to come….. Warm wishes to you on this special day.

Rabindranath Tagore has not been the face of Bengal but of India on the international platform….. Let us make Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti more memorable for everyone by reading his wonderful books and poems.

Sending my warm wishes on Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti to you…. May you are always blessed with wisdom and eagerness to learn new things in life.

May you are blessed with beautiful mornings and content nights because you are doing things that are right….. Happy Rabindranath Tagore

Conclusion

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is a significant event. For commemorating the life and works of one of the most renowned literary figures and cultural symbols in India. The impact of Tagore’s contributions to literature, music, and education on Indian culture and society is substantial. And his philosophy of unity, diversity, and social reform continues to motivate individuals around the globe.

On Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti, his legacy is commemorated by cultural programs and exhibitions. And educational activities, as well as recognizing his contributions to Indian culture and society. This day functions as a reminder of Tagore’s life and works’ enduring influence. And allows him to promote his education, culture, and social reform philosophies.

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