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Why Tagore?

tagoreThe greatest writer in modern Indian literature, Bengali poet who probably was the most prominent figure in the cultural world of Indian subcontinent.

Rabindranath Tagore (Rabi Thakur); Poet, Philosopher, Musician, Writer, Educator, Nobel Laureate (1861-1941).

Tagore was born on May 1861 in a wealthy family in Calcutta. In 1912 he earns worldwide recognition with the English version of Gitanjali and in 1913 wins Nobel Prize for Literature, as the first Asian person to be awarded this honour and the first non-European to do so.

Awarded the knighthood in 1915, but he surrendered it in 1919 as a protest against the Massacre of Amritsar, where British troops killed some 400 Indian demonstrators protesting colonial laws.

He was a multi-talent showered upon different branches of art, such as, novels, short stories, dramas, articles, essays, painting and songs popularly known as Rabindra-sangeet. The national anthems of India and Bangladesh are taken from his writing.

Over six decades Tagore gave the world some 2,500 songs, 2,000 or so paintings and drawings, 28 volumes of poetry, drama, opera, short stories, novels, essays and diaries and a vast number of letters. The enormity and sheer emotional power of his output have made Tagore the one Asian writer whose work is widely known outside the region, and whose reputation has endured for most of the century. Tagore died in 1941, at the age of 80.

We recognise his work, the lasting contributions he made in arts and literature and inspired many; with this inspiration in mind we call ourselves Tagore.

"The world speaks to me in colours, my soul answers in music".