Born:7 May 1861
Died:7 August 1941
- He also known by his sobriquets Gurudev, Kabiguru, and Biswakabi, was a Bengali polymath, poet, musician, and artist from the Indian subcontinent.
- He reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- Author of the “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse” of Gitanjali,he became in 1913 the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
- His poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal.
- He is sometimes referred to as “the Bard of Bengal”.
- His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India’s Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla.
- The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.
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