Critical Appreciation

Topics: Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali literature, India Pages: 2 (496 words) Published: May 14, 2013
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Rabindranath Thakur
(anglicised as "Tagore")

Tagore c. 1915, the year he was knighted by George V. Tagore repudiated his knighthood, in protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.[1] BornMay 7, 1861
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died7 August 1941 (aged 80)
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
OccupationPoet, short-story writer, song composer, novelist, playwright, essayist, and painter LanguageBengali, English
Notable work(s)Gitanjali, Gora, Ghare-Baire, Jana Gana Mana, Rabindra Sangeet, Amar Shonar Bangla (other works) Notable award(s)Nobel Prize in Literature
Spouse(s)Mrinalini Devi (m. 1883–1902)
Childrenfive children, two of whom died in childhood
Relative(s)Tagore family
Rabindranath Thakurα[›], anglicised to Tagoreβ[›] pronunciation (help·info) (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941),γ[›] sobriquet Gurudev,δ[›] was a Bengali polymath who reshaped his region's literature and music. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse",[2] he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.[3] In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; his seemingly mesmeric personality, flowing hair, and otherworldly dress earned him a prophet-like reputation in the West. His "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal.[4] Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of modern India.[5] A Pirali Brahmin[6][7][8][9] from...
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