Rabindranath Tagore fondly called ‘Gurudev‘ was born on May 7, 1861. Today on his 150th birth anniversary we remember the man who introduced the Indian culture to the rest of the world.
He was born in a wealthy family in Calcutta. From a young age he was very observent of his surroundings and liked to be in his own world of imagination.
He wrote his first poem when he was hardly seven. His most famous collection of poems called ‘Gitanjali’ won the most prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 1913.
Rabindranath Tagore really loved his country. He participated in the freedom struggle through his writings. He expressed the love for his country through the poem “Jana Gana Mana” which was chosen to be the national anthem of India.
No wonder, he is the national poet of India.
Not only he was a great poet, Gurudev was also a terrific writer, an artist and a musician. He used to live in Shantiniketan.
Shantiniketan is a small town near Calcutta where he wrote many of his famous writings.
Here are some very famous words written by him:
“Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high,
where knowledge is free.
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls.
Where words come out from the depth of truth,
where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection.
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost it’s way
into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.
Where the mind is led forward by thee
into ever widening thought and action.
In to that heaven of freedom, my father,
LET MY COUNTRY AWAKE!”
― Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali