May 9, 2009

Tagore's 148th Birth Anniversary

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Folks, today is Rabindranath Tagore's 148th birth anniversary (Rabindra Jayanti). By far one of the greatest icons of our country, Kabiguru Tagore has given us our wonderful National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana, and numerous other literary and poetic gems that will be remembered and celebrated for generations to come. Let us all pay our respects to this great man who will always be an inspiration to the one billion people that make our great nation, INDIA.

Sharing with you a beautiful song (Rabindra Sangeet), Puranoshei Diner Kotha:

And lastly, in Tagore's words:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by Thee to ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.


  1. Oh! A ver good dedication, bhargav... This song is really awesome and it finds a place in my blog too... thanks for those wonderful words.

    Well, for those who wants the lyrics of this song, can visit: Purano shei diner kotha...Lets Enjoy and Celebrate...

  2. Thanks Tan :)

    Honestly, there are no words to describe the genius that was Tagore. No one can replace him and the great work that he has left behind. May his soul always rest in peace.

  3. Thanks for posting the link here again, I listened to the song again a couple of times... Splendid!!

    Joy Kabiguru...

  4. Those last lines of Tagore are so special in my heart.. Nobody can ever understand...

    Genuis that he was, he is the only person to have penned down national anthems of 2 countries... How amazing is that?

  5. bhargav,

    u and tan together make a good symphony for Tagore! :)

    lovely read!

  6. Tan:
    You're welcome! Do you know any other websites where I can listen to well-sung Rabindra songs?

    Absolutely! No match for his genius. You should read his novel called He(Shey)..mind blowing stuff!

  7. RV:
    Yeah right, RV! Amar Shonar Bangla and Jana Gana Mana :) And also the first person to win a Nobel Prize in Asia! Amazing!

    Thanks a lot Leo :) Tagore is a big inspiration.

  8. No dude .. not such luck as yet.. I have a big collection in my PC, of course.. but how do I give that to YOU??? :(

  9. the last lines have always inspired me and have cleared my vision.. thanks for writing this one Bhargav..

  10. Tan:
    Give them to me whenever I come to Calcutta! :D

    You're welcome :) This poem is very inspirational..means a lot to me!


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