Rabindranath Tagore was a poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, as well as a composer whose works reshaped Bangla literature and music
The 159th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore will be celebrated across the country on Friday.
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.
Two of his songs are now the national anthems of Bangladesh and India.
Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on political and personal topics. Gitanjali, Gora, and Ghare-Baire, Chokher Bali are among his best-known works.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion.
Bangladesh Television and other private television channels and Bangladesh Betar will air special programmes highlighting the life and works of Rabindranath.