Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali: রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর) (7 May 1861 — 7 August 1941), sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, inspiring, that won him the Nobel prize in Literature in 1913, he was the first non-European Nobel laureate. His poetry in translation was viewed as spiritual, and this together with his mesmerizing persona gave him a prophet-like aura in the West. His “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal.
As the world celebrates the 155th birth anniversary of the visionary poet and philosopher, also hailed as Gurudev, A Pirali Brahmin from Kolkata, Tagore had been writing poetry since he was eight years old. At age 16, he published his first substantial poetry under the pseudonym Bhanushingho (“Sun Lion”) and wrote his first short stories and dramas in 1877. Tagore achieved further note when he denounced the British Raj and supported Indian independence. His efforts endure in his vast canon and in the institution he founded, Visva-Bharati University.
These rare videos have been collated from other YouTube contributors. The recital at the beginning is by an unknown narrator.