Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti, also famously known as Rabindra Jayanti, celebrates the birth anniversary of a great Bengali poet, writer, painter, composer and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore. He started writing poetry at an early age of 8 and at the age of 16, he graduated to his first short stories and dramas. Other than this, Rabindranath was also a social reformer who made many contributions in India’s freedom movement against the British rule. Rabindranath Tagore is also entitled to the foundation of Visva-Bharati University, a central research university and an Institution of National Importance located in Shantiniketan, West Bengal.
In 1931, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and became the first non-European and the first lyricist to win this. Rabindranath Tagore is also sometimes referred as “the Bard of Bengal”. Let us know some more details about the Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2023 here from this article.
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2023 Overview
|Event||Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2023|
|Also Known as||Rabindra Jayanti|
|Date||May 9, 2023 (7 May 2023 according to Hindu Calendar)|
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Date of Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2023
Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7 May 1861 as per the Gregorian calendar. However, Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is celebrated according to the Bengali calendar and it falls on the 25th day of Bengali month Boishakh. Calculated according to this, Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti usually falls in the May month of Gregorian calendar. In the year 2023, Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti will be observed on Tuesday, 9th of May. This day is marked as a gazetted holiday in some of the states.
History & Achievements of Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore was born as Robindronath Thakur on 7 May 1861 in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal. His father was Debendranath Tagore, a religious reformer and his mother was Sarada Devi and Rabindranath was the youngest of their 13 surviving children. His mother died when he was very young and his father traveled a lot and therefore he was mostly raised by the house servants.
Rabindranath stared writing verses and poems at a very early age but his father wanted him to become a barrister and so he went to England. There, he left the law school for independent study of Shakespeare’s plays Coriolanus, Antony & Cleopatra, etc. Upon his return to India, he published several books of poetry and also completed his collection of poems Manasi. Rabindranath Tagore’s collection of poem Gitanjali lead to him winning the Nobel Prize for Literature and he became the first non-European to ever do so. Gitanjali is also a part of the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works.
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti Celebration
Birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the people of West Bengal state. Many schools and colleges organize events like writing and poetry competition, dance and drama, etc based on the work of Rabindranath Tagore.
Songs and poems of Tagore are recited at many places on his birth anniversary. Grand celebration is held on Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti the Visva-Bharati University at Santiniketan, West Bengal, an institution established by Tagore himself. The Government of India had issued 5 Rupees coin in 2011 to mark the 150 Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
Famous Quotes given by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore was not only a great poet who won a Nobel Prize in Literature but there is also has dinosaur named after him, Barapasaurus Tagorei, in the honor of his work. Rabindranath also gave many inspirational quotes, some of which are given below.
- Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
- Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- The small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent, pure. The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable.
- Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
- Facts are many, but the truth is one.
- A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
- Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
- The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
- Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Interesting Facts about Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore birthday falls on 7 May 1861. He was died on 7 August 1941. He was also known as Kobiguru, Gurudeb, Biswokobi.
According to Hindu Calendar, Rabindra Jayanti is celebrated on 7th May, while it falls on 9th May according to Bengali Calendar.
He was a noted writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, composer, social reformer and painter.
He was the first lyricist and non-European who bagged the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
He started writing poetry when he was just 8 years old. He released his first substantial poems at an age of 16.
There are 8 Tagore museums around the world out of which 3 belongs to India while five are located in Bangladesh. They are:
- Rabindra Complex, Dakkhindihi village, Phultala Upazila, Khulna, Bangladesh
- Pithavoge Rabindra Memorial Complex, Pithavoge, Rupsha, Khulna, Bangladesh
- Patisar Rabindra Kacharibari, Patisar, Atrai, Naogaon, Bangladesh
- Rabindra Museum, in Mungpoo, near Kalimpong, India
- Rabindra Bhavan Museum, in Santiniketan, India
- Rabindra Memorial Museum at Shahzadpur Kachharibari, Shahzadpur, Bangladesh
- Tagore Memorial Museum, at Shilaidaha Kuthibadi, Shilaidaha, Bangladesh
- Rabindra Bharati Museum, at Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Kolkata, India
Frequently Asked Questions
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2023 will be celebrated on 9th May 2023 (on 7th May as per Hindu calendar).
7 May 1861