Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941), who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, is recognised as one of Bengal’s greatest poets and writers. Although his poetry is well known in the west through translations of works such as ‘Gitanjali’ , ‘Crescent Moon’ and ‘The Gardener’, his songs are less familiar to people outside India. And yet he wrote some two thousand two hundred songs, including two which are now the national anthems of India and Bangladesh (‘Jana Gana Mana’ and ‘Amar shonar Bangla, ami tomay bhalobashi’, respectively). Ezra Pound said of Tagore that he sang Bengal into a nation.