Rabindranath’s 78th death anniversary today

News Desk
6 August 2019, Tue
Published: 01:14 Updated: 03:31

Rabindranath’s 78th death anniversary today

The 78th death anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore is being observed today.

Rabindranath died on August this day in 1941, 80 years old, according to the Gregorian calendar. But, his death anniversary is observed in Bangladesh on Sraban 22 of the Bangla calendar.

Bangla Academy will hold a seminar at Shamsur Rahman Seminar Room on the academy premises at 4 pm.

Rabindranath, who enriched the Bengali language and literature with his astounding talent and merit.

Different organisations are holding many programmes and television channels are airing special productions based on Rabindranath Tagore's works.

Tagore was a poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, as well as a composer whose works reshaped Bangla literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Born on May 7, 1861, at Jorasanko Mansion in Kolkata, he was the youngest of 13 surviving children of Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.

He became Asia's first Nobel laureate after winning the Nobel Prize in literature for Gitanjali in 1913.

Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on political and personal topics. Gitanjali, Gora, Ghare-Baire and Chokher Bali are among his best-known works.

His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla and India’s Jana Gana Mana. The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.