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Kirsten  (kmcripn) BBC Radio 4's In Our Time did a program(me) on Rabindranath Tagore yesterday:

From the description:

Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. He has been called one of the outstanding thinkers of the 20th century and the greatest poet India has ever produced. His Nobel followed publication of Gitanjali, his English version of some of his Bengali poems. W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound were great supporters. Tagore was born in Calcutta in 1861 and educated partly in Britain; King George V knighted him, but Tagore renounced this in 1919 following the Amritsar Massacre. A key figure in Indian nationalism, Tagore became a friend of Gandhi, offering criticism as well as support. A polymath and progressive, Tagore painted, wrote plays, novels, short stories and many songs. The national anthems of India and Bangladesh are based on his poems.


Chandrika Kaul
Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St Andrews

Bashabi Fraser
Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University


John Stevens
Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow at SOAS, University of London

Producer: Simon Tillotson.

message 2: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) On this day:

1941 Died: Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate, the first non-European to win this award, in 1913. Also his poetry is very popular in Bengal, he is largely unknown in other countries.

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