Who doesn’t know about the legendary writer, fascinating author, philosopher, painter, novelist and specialist – Rabindranath Tagore? He is one of those personalities who is the embodiment of greatness and has left such a legacy behind that they can never be forgotten. His works in literature was loved throughout the world and and he also won Nobel Prize for the same. While everybody knows about the Nobel laureate’s, here are a few things that are not popularly known about the ‘Gurudev’.

Gave Up the Knighthood Award

Rabindranath Tagore was awarded by the British Government in 1915, but he renounced the knighthood as a sign of protest against the British policies in colonial India after the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in 1919.  

Wrote National Anthems

Tagore not only wrote India’s national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ but also wrote national anthem of Bangladesh ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’. This was the song written by him and adopted as the national anthem of Bangladesh later on. Also, Srilanka’s national Anthem is also based on the song written by Tagore.

Won Nobel Prize

He was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize inLiterature in 1913. His collection of 157 poems in ‘Gitanjali’ published in 1910 made him a Nobel laureate. He also played a great role in rediscovering the Bengali literature, art, music and theatre.

Mostly Raised by Servants

Rabindranath Tagore was the youngest of all the 13 surviving children of Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi. Tagore was mostly raised by his servants as he lost his mother at an early age and his father used to travel widely.

Tagore’s Relationship with Gandhi

Tagore was a very close friend of Mahatma Gandhi and both had a great love for each other. It was the Tagore who conferred the title ‘Father of the Nation’ to Mahatma Gandhi. Yet, there were disagreements between the two on many issues including nationalism, patriotism, economy, etc.

Tagore’s Relationship with Einstein

Tagore visited Einstein for 4 times in 1930s and had a small chat with him and wrote some describing words for Einstein,’ “There was nothing stiff about him – there was no intellectual aloofness. He seemed to me a man who valued human relationship and he showed toward me a real interest and understanding.”

Founded Vishwa Bharti University

He founded a Central University, ‘Vishwa Bharti University’ which is located in Santiniketan. It was established in 1939 with the money that he received for Nobel Prize.

Rabindranath Tagore died at the age of 80, on August 7, 1941 but his work and legacy will live forever. He has written and composed almost 2230 songs and introduced the best of Indian culture to the West. He also traveled internationally across five continents and in more than thirty countries. He was truly a genius and remains so till his last date.

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