Rabindra Jayanti:The first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature

2019 will mark the 158th Birth Anniversary of Tagore.


Rabindra Jayanti is an annual cultural festival which is celebrated by the Bengalis around the globe in the observance of the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. This day is observed on the 25th day of the Bengali month Boishakh as Tagore was born on this day in the year 1268 of Bengali calendar. People celebrate this day by remembering the work done by Tagore in the field of literature. They organize different cultural events based on poetry, stories, songs written by Tagore.


He was known by the name 'Gurudev' for he was born to Debendranath Tagore, a religious reformer and member of the Brahmo Samaj, and Sarada Devi. He was born on May 7, 1861, as Rabindranath Thakur. He was a great poet, a painter, and a writer. He started writing at the age of eight years only. He released his first collection of poem 'Bhanusimha' when he was only 16 years old.

Tagore has written the national anthems for three different countries, India, Bangladesh, and Srilanka. He wrote 'Jana Gana Mana', the national anthem for India, 'Amar SonarBangla', the national anthem for Bangladesh and 'Nama Nama Sri Lanka Mata', in Bengali, for Sri Lanka.


He was the first Asian to receive the Nobel prize in literature in 1913 for his collection of poems, 'Gitanjali' which was written in Bengali and later translated to English(Song Offerings). His famous collections include Gora, Chokher Bali, Ghare Baire, The Postmaster, etc.

I slept and dreamt that life was a joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was a joy. 
- Rabindranath Tagore.

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