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Rabindranath Tagore

(1861 - 1941)

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath from India, whose prolific body of work included poetry, novels, plays, short stories, essays, and music. Tagore was the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, largely for his acclaimed poetic collection, "Gitanjali".

Born to a distinguished family in Calcutta, Tagore began writing poetry at a young age. Over time, he became a central part of the Bengal Renaissance, which melded traditional Indian culture with Western ideals. Known for his profound humanism, his works explored the depths of emotion and the complexities of social and individual identity.

Tagore's contributions extended beyond literature; he founded Visva-Bharati University, promoting an educational philosophy that sought to blend Eastern and Western knowledge. As an educator and philosopher, he advanced his vision of a more interconnected and peaceful world.

Beyond his native Bengal, Tagore's influence spread globally, and his works were widely translated. His deep engagement with nature and spirituality, combined with a pioneering modernist approach, has endowed his literature with a timeless appeal. Today, he is revered not only as a national poet of India but also as a cultural icon whose insights into the human condition remain relevant across the world.

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