Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti – Quotes, Stories and Poems to share
About Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore– the name is familiar to almost every Indian- consciously or unconsciously. The national anthem of India- the pride of the nation that binds every citizen of this country with a sense of belongingness and universal brotherhood is composed by Tagore who is also known as Bishakabi ( the poet of the world).
Rabindranath Tagore is a part of every Bengali’s life while they grow up. His poems, short stories, plays and music are some of the first cultural exposures for Bengalis.
7th May which is the birth anniversary of this noble laureate is indeed a day not only to commemorate the great poet but also to celebrate Tagore’s intrinsic connection with the lives of Bengalis as we mark the 160th birthday of Gurudev.
Rabi Thakur as we call him was more than a poet. He was a visionary who believed in mystic harmony between man and nature. In his verse, nature was the biggest celebration around us, nurturing, sustaining human lives since eternity. In the 21st century, as humankind faces the unprecedented danger of climate change, Tagore’s vision of nature comes alive showing his prolific ability to capture the universal truth around us.
During the era of the Indian freedom struggle, the writing of Tagore was imbued with the nationalistic impulse, encouraging people to achieve complete freedom from foreign imperial rule. His vision of freedom culminated in composing two national anthems for two independent nations, India and Bangladesh. His love for his motherland surpassed any glory that was offered as he renounced the ‘Knight’ title by the former British Majesty as a mark of his protest against the oppression of his countrymen.
It is this universal appeal of Tagore’s vision, writing, and theories that makes him the cultural icon not only for Bengalis per se but for every Indian who shares a love for literature and ideas.
In this article, we are sharing some of our choicest works of Kabiguru to share with your friends and family and celebrate the day remembering the great poet, the first Asian to win the Nobel prize for his exemplary contribution and most importantly the theme of love, kindness, divine as all come alive through his verse. For Bengalis, thus 25 e Boishakh i.e. the 25th day after the Poila Boishakh or the New Year Day, is a day of cultural mingling as the rhythms of Rabindra sangeet is played and performed in every nook and corner of the streets of Bengal.
On the occasion of Tagore’s 160th birth anniversary, here are some of the quotes, sayings of the Kabiguru to share with your friends and family. The best part is you can share these quotes with your peers and family members while typing these in Bengali to retain the authenticity of the language and the spirit of the occasion. Bharat Keyboard’s Bangla keyboard is designed to make Bangla typing hassle-free and seamless.
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Here are some of the quotes which capture a myriad of emotions pertinent even after a round of a century and more.
Rabindranath Tagore Quotes
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storms but to add colour to my sunset sky.Rabindranath Tagore
Love does not claim possession but gives freedom.Rabindranath Tagore
Facts are many, but the truth is one.Rabindranath Tagore
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.Rabindranath Tagore
What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real.Rabindranath Tagore
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.Rabindranath Tagore
Music fills the infinite between two souls.Rabindranath Tagore
Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree.Rabindranath Tagore
The poems of Tagore are acclaimed worldwide. We are mentioning some of the thousands of poems written by this poetic genius.
Rabindranath Tagore Poems
The song I came to sing
remains unsung to this day.
I have spent my days in stringing
and in unstringing my instrument.
The time has not come true,
the words have not been rightly set;
only there is the agony
of wishing in my heart….Rabindranath Tagore
Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life.
This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and hast breathed through it melodies eternally new.
At the immortal touch of thy hands, my little heart loses its limits in joy and gives birth to utterance ineffable.
Thy infinite gifts come to me only on these very small hands of mine. Ages pass, and still thou pourest, and still, there is room to fill.Rabindranath Tagore
Where the mind is without fear
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.Rabindranath Tagore
Share these and celebrate the birth anniversary of Tagore without compromising on the feelings of typing in your own Bangla language.