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TAGORE’S NOBEL PRIZE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH . PROF.S.JAYARAMAN Email:jayaraman121@gmail.com Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for the collection of his poems entitled Gitanjali. His banquet speech, sent by telegram, was read on his behalf by Mr. Clive, the British Charge d’ affaires. In that very short speech Tagore hinted at the coming together of the East and the West and the brotherhood among strangers.

It was only on the 26 of May 1921, in Stockholm, Tagore gave in person, his ‘Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech’. In that considerably long speech, he gave an account of how the news of his winning the Nobel Prize reached him. It reached him when he was taking a party in a coach to a forest near Shantiniketan, a school established by him. Then he recounted his long secluded life in a boat- house on the banks of the river Ganges. He passed his days in solitude, as he said, “dreaming and giving shape to my dreams in poems and studies.” He longed to come out of solitude to work for his fellow- beings. He complained that the machine of education had crushed his joy and freedom, while young. So, he made it his object to give freedom and joy to children. He said that the joyful voices of children were akin to elements of nature and they “sent up humanity’s cries of aspiration to the Infinitive.” It was in such an environment that Tagore wrote his poems Gitanjali. So, he dedicated the Nobel Prize to the Eastern children and students. Moreover, he had also spent a part of the prize-money for the upgradation of Shantiniketan

Tagore said that he was conscious that the present age belonged to the Western man, with his “super abundance of energy.” The “Divine man with all his powers and aspirations of life was dwelling in the West.” He was happy that Gitanjali was readily accepted by the West. He felt that the...
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