Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

c. 1928
13.70x
8.60cm

It is hard to over estimate the importance of Rabindranath Tagore at the beginning of the 20th century. He was the first Asian to win a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913; he founded a school Santiniketan, that trained many of India's leaders and artists. He wrote the national anthems of both India and the easter half of Bengal that later became Bangladesh. Raised in a Kolkata mansion, his grandfather was a wealthy patron of the opium trade and his father an Independence champion. He grew up in a home full of Bengali artists, thinkers and babus of every kind, trying to find the right balance between then victorious European practices and traditional Indian values. His artistic output as a poet, musician, and thinker was vast and remains popular today, especially in Bengal.