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Rabindranath Tagore

Wax statue of Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore at Mother's Wax Musuem, in Kolkata.

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Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb pays tribute to Rabindra Nath Tagore on his birth anniversary, at Rabindra Kanan in Agartala.

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Jorasako Thakur Bari, the ancestral house of Rabindra Nath Tagore, looks deserted on his birth anniversary during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in Kolkata.

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People pay tribute to Rabindra Nath Tagore on his birth anniversary, amid COVID-19 lockdown in Kolkata.

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Students, teachers and staff members of Visva Bharati University participate in the 158th birth anniversary celebration of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Upasana Mandir, Santiniketan in Birbhum.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays floral tribute to legendary poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his 158th birth anniversary during his election campaign rally for Lok Sabha polls, in Bankura.

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A woman pays floral tribute to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his 158th birth anniversary, near Jorasanko Thakur Bari in Kolkata.

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Students and teachers of Visva-Bharati University take part in a prayer ceremony to mark the 157th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore at Upasana Mandir, Santiniketan in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

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People pays tributes to Rabindranath Tagore on his 157th birth anniversary at his ancestral home Jorasanko Thakurbari in Kolkata.

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Senior BJP Leader L K Advani with Union Ministers Vijay Goel, Arjun Ram Meghwal and other dignitaries pose for photographers after paying tributes to a portrait of Rabindranath Tagore on the Nobel Laurette's 157th birth anniversary at the Parliament House in New Delhi.

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Gandhi and Tagore disagreed over ­responses to the Bihar quake

Rabindranath Tagore wasn’t a votary of nationalism

Vendors put up for sale photographs of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his 156th birth anniversary in front of Jorasanko Thakurbari, in Kolkata.

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Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, Union Minister Babul Supriyo, senior BJP Leader L K Advani and other dignitaries pay tributes to a portrait of Rabindranath Tagore on the Nobel laureate's 156th birth anniversary at the Parliament House, in New Delhi.

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Artist Amal Paul gives finshing touches to novel laurate Rabindra Nath Tagore's statue for his upcoming birth anniversary celebrations, in Kolkata.

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Ambedkar was denied entry into the Puri temple, while Lord Mountbatten was welcomed; Tagore’s clan too was barred entry during 1809-10

President Pranab Mukherjee paying floral tributes at the portrait of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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A roadside vendor prays with incense sticks as he begins his day at his stall where he sells portraits of Indian poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore near the house where Tagore lived, on his birth anniversary in Kolkata, West Bengal.

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Visitors look at the personal belongings of Indian poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in the house where he lived, on his birth anniversary in Kolkata, West Bengal.

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Students of Rabindra Bharati University paying tributes to Rabindranath Tagore on the eve of his 155th birth anniversary, at his ancestral house in Jorasanko Thakurbari in Kolkata.

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Saplings are being carried in a decorated palanquin for plantation by students of Visva Bharati University on the occasion of 74th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore at Santiniketan in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

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Students of Visva-Bharati University during commemoration of 74th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore at Santiniketan in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

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President, Pranab Mukherjee paying tribute to Guru Rabindranath Tagore on his 154th birth anniversary in Moscow, Russia.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his tribute to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore as people celebrate his birth anniversary during the launch of Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Surksha Bima Yojna and Atal Pension Yojna,in Kolkata.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pays homage to Nobel laureate poet Rabindra Nath Tagore on his 154th birth anniversary at Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata.

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Makers of modern India Mahatma Gandhi and Tagore at Shantiniketan in 1940

Rabindra Bharati University vice-chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Roychowdhury pays tribute to a portrait of Rabindra Nath Tagore on the occasion of the poet's 73rd death anniversary at Jorasankho Thakurbari, Tagore's ancestral home, in Kolkata.

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School children perform during Rabindranath Tagore's 153rd birth anniversary celebrations in Agartala.

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Pranab Mukherjee pays tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on the occasion of Rabindra Jayanti at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik creates a sand sculpture of Rabindranath Tagore in Puri to mark the centenary of his Nobel Prize in Literature, on the occasion of 'Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2013'.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pays tribute to a portrait of legendary poet Rabindranath Tagore on his 72nd death anniversary at Writers Building in Kolkata.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paying tribute to Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore on his 152nd birth anniversary at Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata.

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Students and teachers of Visva-Bharati University celebrate the 152nd birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Upasana Mandir, Santiniketan.

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Photographs of poet Rabindra Nath Tagore are displayed by pavement vendors outside Tagore’s birthplace on his birth anniversary in Kolkata.

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President Pranab Mukherjee during his visit to Kuthibari, ancestral house of Ravindra Nath Tagore in Bangladesh.

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Abul Kalam Azad (R), Information and Cultural Affairs Minister of Bangladesh, presenting the replica of 'Padma Boat', which was used by Rabindra Nath Tagore in Bangladesh, to Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata. West Bengal Commerce and Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee (L) is also seen.

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Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming admires a photo of Rabindra Nath Tagore during a visit to Tagore's residence in Kolkata.

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Bad trip Tagore with Xu Zhimo (right), a poet who was his interpreter during his 1924 visit to China

As Gurudeb Tagore's 150th birth anniversary celebrations reached a culmination, we received the above, cheekily submitted as a conclusive proof against FDI

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paying tributes to Rabindranath Tagore on his 151st birth anniversary in Kolkata.

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Vice-Chancellor of Visva Bharati University Susanta Dutta Gupta lights a lamp during a function to celebrate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s birth anniversary at Santiniketan in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav after paying tributes to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his 151st birth anniversary at the Central Hall of Parliament House in New Delhi.

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From left, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Vetern Drama artist Shanoli Mitra, West Bengal Industry Minister Partha Chaterjee, West Bengal Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh and West Bengal Finanace Minster Amit Mitra during a meeting on Centenary celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore Birth Anniversary at Town Hall in Kolkata.

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‘Blasphemous’ Ashramites stage a sit-in against Heehs

Hot seat Peter Heehs with the ‘offending’ book

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Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee releases a special edition of Tagore's Diary at a function at Asiatic Society in Kolkata.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Speaker of Iranian Majlis Ali Larijani seen during the unveiling ceremony of the Persian version of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's poem on Iran in Tehran.

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President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, left, and Swiss Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey, right, unveil a bust of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, at the University of Lausanne, during her official state visit in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Breaking Point With the lengths she has gone to to showcase her ‘creativity’, you’d think Didi would have been all over any opportunity to release Rabindrasangeet. Gurudev’s poetry being rendered in English, and by Usha Uthup, may have been a little more than even she could stomach.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sings the National Anthem with actor-MP Tapas Pal ( L), actress MLA Debashri Roy and actress Naina Das (R) during a rally to mark the 70th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, in Kolkata on Monday.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, center, walks in a rally with school children to pay respect to the first Indian Nobel laureate and poet Rabindranath Tagore on his 70th death anniversary in Kolkata.

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Prince Charles admiring the bust of Rabindranath Tagore after he unveiled it at Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London.

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Rabindranath Tagore

Courtesy: Alain Danielou Committee

Rabindranath Tagore

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Rabindranath Tagore

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Fantasy figure Coloured ink and poster colour on paper, Volume 1, 1929-30

First sighting Pen and ink on paper, volume 3, 1929-30. Part of the 1,450 previously unseen artworks from the Tagore oeuvre. “He even believed his art would outlive his literary works.”

Two women Hitherto unseen, coloured ink and pastel on paper, Volume 3, 1934

From Left, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, senior BJP leader L K Advani and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee during a ceremony to pay tributes to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore to mark his 150th Birth anniversary at Central hall of Parliament House in New Delhi.

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People paying tributes to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore to mark his 150th birth anniversary at Jorasanko, the birth place of Tagore, in Kolkata.

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Students wearing the masks of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore during a function to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore, in Malda district of West Bengal.

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J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit during the inauguration of 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) A K Khandkar (L), Minister of Planning of Bangladesh, and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee applaud as UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi releases a book during the inauguration of 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in New Delhi.

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Culture Ministry tableau on display during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi

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Mussolini Muse Sr Mythili with the pic

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Director of Techno India Group Manoshi Roy Chowdhury (L) holds a portrait of Rabindranath Tagore as former Indian football coach P K Banerjee (R) applauds, during the 150th birth anniversary function of the Nobel laureate, in Kolkata.

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Untitled (Four figures)
Ink on paper
25,000 – 30,000 GBP 
Signed and dated 'Rabindranath/ 8/1/39'

Watercolour, coloured ink and pastel on paper

Untitled (Four figures)
Ink on paper
25,000 – 30,000 GBP 
Signed 'Rabindra and dated '6/4/38' in Bengali lower left

His early paintings were rendered in monochromatic schemes, followed by two-toned and three-toned drawings. Other than a pen the artist used his fingers, bits of cotton wool and rag to daub, smudge and rub the inks to create colour tones of great depth and intensity. 'The manner is as varied as the theme, and this despite the fact that all the pictures are done with a pen, usually the back of a fountain pen, and coloured inks or tints; any method is employed that may be available or that may suggest itself at the moment.' (Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 1930).

Untitiled (Portrait of a woman)
Watercolour and coloured ink on paper
30,000 – 40,000 GBP 
'The artist, like a child, invents his own techniques as he goes along; nothing has been allowed to interfere with zest. The means are always adequate to the end in view: this end is not "Art" with a capital A, on the one hand - nor, on the other, a merely pathological self-expression; not art intended to improve our minds, nor to provide for the artist himself an "escape"; but without ulterior motives, truly innocent, like the creation of a universe.' (Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 1930).

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Ink on paper
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Untitled (landscape)
Watercolour, gouache, coloured ink and pastel on paper
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'I still remember the very moment, one afternoon, when coming back from school I alighted from the carriage and suddenly saw in the sky, behind the upper terrace of our house, an exuberance of deep, dark rain-clouds lavishing rich, cool shadows on the atmosphere. The marvel of it, the very generosity of its presence, gave me a joy which was freedom, the freedom we feel in the love of our dear friend.' (Rabindranath Tagore, The Religion of An Artist, 1933).

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'What is rhythm? It is the movement generated and regulated by harmonious restriction. This is the the creative force in the hand of the artist... In perfect rhythm, the art-form becomes like the stars which in their seeming stillness are never still, like a motionless flame that is nothing by movement.'' (Rabindranath Tagore, The Religion of an Artist, 1933)

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Beginning from 1932, Tagore used opaque colours for rugged texture and sometimes as very sharp highlight. Crayons, experimental corrosive inks, fugitive vegetable colours, varnishes of different kinds were playfully applied on any quality of paper at hand.' (Prithwish Neogy 1961).

'A comparison with the work of William Blake is naturally suggested; for here too was a mystic poet who from the resources of a vivid visual imagination created foms not to be seen in nature, but yet endowed with the precision and definition of natural forms. The parallel can be carried even further; for most of the work of Blake is actually a kind of marginal comment to poetry; while the separate paintings now exhibited by Rabindranath are actually, as he himself tells us, a development from marginal and interlinear pen-play enjoyed when composing or correcting manuscript.' (Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 1930)

Untitled (Lady with a fan)
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Signed 'Rabindra' and dated '1938' in Bengali lower right

This portrait closely resembles Lady Ranu Mukherjee who was close to Tagore later on in his life. A society beauty Ranu was the wife of Biren Mukherjee the leading industrialist and the daughter of Phani Bhusan Adhikari, a professor of philosophy at the Banaras Hindu University.

Untitled (yellow landscape)
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In many of his head studies there is an underlying sense of mysticism that has a mesmeric appeal. 'The pensive, ovoid face of a woman with large unwavering soulful eyes was perhaps a move obsessive theme than any other. Exhibited first in 1930, endless variations of the same mood-image continued to be emergent throughout. The earlier ones were delicately modelled and opalescent, while the later examples were excessively dramatic with intensely lit forehead, exaggerated nose-ridge, painted in strong colours, bodied forth from a primal gloom.' (Prithwish Neogy, Drawings and Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1961)

Untitled (figure with green background) Watercolour, gouache and coloured ink on paper 30,000 – 40,000 GBP  'If among the innumerable objects in this world there be a few that come under the full illumination of our soul and thus assume reality for us, they constantly cry to our creative mind for a permanent representation. They belong to the same domain as the desire of ours which represents the longing for the permanence of our own self.' (Rabindranath Tagore, The Religion of an Artist, 1933).

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'People often ask me about the meaning of my pictures. I remain silent even as my pictures are. It is for them to express and not to explain. They have nothing ulterior behind their own appearance for the thoughts to explore and words to describe and if that appearance carries its ultimate worth then they remain, otherwise they are rejected and forgotten even though they may have some scientific truth or ethical justification (Rabindranath Tagore, The Language of Pictures)

Untitled (Portrait of a woman)
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Signed 'Rabindra' and dated '38' in Bengali lower left

'I believe that the vision of Paradise is to be seen in the sunlight and the green of the earth, in the beauty of the human face and the wealth of human life, even in objects that are seemingly insignificant and unprepossessing.' (Rabindranath Tagore, The Religion of an Artist, 1933). This scene is possibly inspired by the sunsets in Bengal with the sun reflecting off a river.

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the 'Rabindranath Tagore Avenue' and unveiled the Tagore's bust at a ceremony in Ankara,Turkey on the third day of his visit. Tagore made a brief visit to Turkey when his ship docked at Istanbul for two days 80 years ago andit left such a deep impression on him that he sent a request to then president Kemal Ataturk for books on Turkish literature and culture for the library of his Viswa Bharati University in Shanti Niketan.

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Wednesday 31 MarchHussaini, a student of the College of Arts paints a portrait of Rabindranath Tagore in blood contributed by 30 students of the college in Chennai in protest of the theft of Tagore's Nobel Prize from the university museum in Shantiniketan on 24th March. Regretting that the priceless memorabilia of Rabindranath Tagore were not preserved in the museum in the manner they should have been, Prime Minister and the Chancellor of Visva-Bharati University Atal Bihari Vajpayee asked the CBI to expedite the probe. A former part-time employee of the University has been arrested in connection by the CBI.

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External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh recives two replicas of the Nobel medal awarded to Rabindranath Tagore from Swedish Foreign Secretary Hans Dahlgren in New Delhi. The original medal, awarded to Tagore in 1913, was stolen from Rabindra Bhawan in Shantiniketan in March this year. It is for the first time that the Noble Foundation has replaced an original medal with replicas.

Saturday 7 MayDr Sujit Basu, Vice-Chancellor of Visva-Bharati University, shows the replicas of Rabindranath Tagore's Noble prize medallion at Shantiniketan near Kolkata. Two replicas of the stolen Nobel medallion of Rabindranath Tagore were formally handed over to the university authorities by Sweden's Nobel Foundation, two days ahead of the poet's 144th birthday. The original Nobel medallion besides some memorabilia of the Tagore family were stolen from the museum at Rabindra Bhavan in the Uttarayan complex of the university on March 25, last year. Citing the example of how the portrait of Monalisa stolen from the Louvre museum in France was found 17 years later, the Vice-Chancellor expressed his "hope" that the original medallions "would also be found some day".

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Rabindranath Tagore As a writer-philosopher, India's first Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) left behind a stupendous body of work unmatched in human history. As a painter, he practically invented Indian modern art. As an educationist, he created India's first holistic education system -the Vishwa Bharati University. Of the over 2,000 songs he wrote and composed, two have become national anthems -of India and Bangladesh.

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A man pays homage in front of a portrait of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindra Nath Tagore in the room where the poet breathed his last, on his 147th birth anniversary in Kolkata. Tagore was born on this day in 1860.

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