“Jodi Tor Dak Sune Keu Naa Ashe, Tobe Ekla Chalo Re”.
We bow 100 times before the first Non European Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. He was commonly known as Gurudev which simply means a respected teacher and so he was. He was a poet, a writer, a philanthropist, a musician and a philosopher. It won’t be wrong to regard him as the Michelangelo of Indian sub continent. He is the most outstanding creative artist of modern India till date and even British people were his fan.
Gurudev was born on 7th may 1861 in Kolkata. He wrote poetry from an early age of 8 and while he was 16 he released his substantial work of poems. He was a strong advocate of Bengal Renaissance which was started by Raja Ram Mohan Roy and ended with the death of Gurudev. He openly defied against superstations like child marriage, polygamy, sati pratha and untouchability. Tagore belonged to a family which was at the fore front of society and all his siblings were either notable poets or civil servants.
He did many notable works in the field of education one of them was that the educational institutions should indulge many sport activities in order to make the child physically and mentally fit and moreover he was strictly against classroom teaching methods. He himself was sent to England to study law but instead he read the works of Shakespeare and was vastly impressed with the same. He returned Bengal without a degree. After his marriage he moved to found his dream project Santiniketan which is current day Vishwa Bharathi University. In the year 1913 he won Nobel Prize in literature.
Between 1878 and 1932 Tagore roamed in more than 30 countries and he gained respect in each and every country. He was an ardent supporter of Indian Nationalists and in spite of respect which he gained from British, he openly opposed British Raj and his several works included the poems and verses full of patriotism. His politically charged compositions like “Chitto Jetha Bhayshuniyo” and “Ekla Chalo Re” gained a mass attraction and even Mahatma Gandhi became one of his greatest admirers.
Most popular works of Tagore include Gitanjali, Balaka, Sonar Tari in poetry. Raja, Dak Ghar, Valmiki Pratibha and many more in drama. The work of Tagore can’t be summed up in one single article but the most significant have still being mentioned.