Tagore was a genius with a many-sided personality. He was a poet, novelist, dramatist, musician, short' Story writer, teacher, painter, educationist, philosopher and humanist. Shri Khanolkar, his biographer describes his life as a long dream of colour and music, of beauty and heavenly genius, such as this world had never known before."
Perhaps no other contemporary Indian had such diverse interests as Tagore had. He was a seeker. He wanted to understand himself; and that he could do only by expressing himself. As the experiences and emotions differed, the media also varied. That's how we have Tagore the poet; Tagore the composer; Tagore the painter and so on.
Although a staunch nationalist, Tagore was a champion-of inter-nationalism, touring various countries and pleading for 'one world'.
He has the unique distinction of being the only poet to have two of his songs -Jana Gana Mana and Amar Sonar BangIa -adopted as the national anthems of two countries -India and Bangladesh respectively. Shanti-Niketan stands to this day as a living monument to the Gurudev. He composed over 4,000 songs. His compositions have come to be known as Rabindra Sangeet.
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