Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was an eminent Indian poet, writer, composer, painter, social reformer and philosopher, and was the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Born in an aristocratic Bengali family, he founded the Visva-Bharati University in his ancestral family estate in Shantiniketan, which is still hailed as one of the premier Universities of India, and is a hub of various educational and cultural activities. Referred to as the “Bard of Bengal”, his many literary works have attained international fame and reverence, with two nations making his compositions their national anthem – India and Bangladesh, and the Sri Lankan national anthem is also inspired by his work.

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