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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was born in Calcutta. Most of his life was spent in Bengal, though he travelled widely across the globe in later years.Photograph of Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore is considered the greatest writer of modern Indian literature. In the breadth and scope of his works, his influence on the Indian literature scene is immeasurable.

He was a poet, writer, playwright, composer, painter, early nationalist and reformer. He tried to combine Indian and Western philosophies and cultures in Vishwa Bharati (later called Shantiniketan), a university he founded.

His reputation in the West arose from his poems conveying his ideology about spiritual and divine love, and the oneness of human experience with nature. He is credited with being the first Indian writer to introduce psychological realism in his stories. Most of his works are in Bengali, many of which he himself translated to English.

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for literature in 1913.

The list below is just a sprinkling as it is almost impossible to give an exhaustive bibliography in this space.

Works

  • Sonar Tari (The Golden Boat)
  • Khanika (Moments)
  • Choker Bali (Eyesore)
  • Nashtanir (The Broken Nest)
  • Gitanjali (Song Offerings)
  • Daakghar (The Post Office)
  • Chitra
  • The King of the Dark Chamber
  • Ghare Baire (The Home and the World)
  • The Hungry Stones
  • Mashi and Other Stories