Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2020 – Quotes and Facts

Today on 7th May we are celebrating the 159th birth anniversary of India’s first Nobel Award winner Rabindranath Tagore . The day is also known as Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti .

Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7 May 1861 he was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore is the writer of India’s national anthem, and is also known as Gurudev, Kabiguru, and Biswakabi .  

He was also a  polymath, poet, musician, artist , ayurveda-researcher and the “Bard of Bengal”,.

Inspirational quotes by Rabindranath Tagore

  • The small wisdom is like water in a glass. clear, transparent, pure. The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable.
  • Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.
  • A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
  • In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.
  • Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
  • If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door- or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
  • I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
  • Patriotism cannot be our final spiritual shelter; my refuge is humanity. I will not buy glass for the price of diamonds, and I will never allow patriotism to triumph over humanity as long as I live.
  • Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
  • Most people believe the mind to be a mirror, more or less accurately reflecting the world outside them, not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself the principal element of creation.
  • The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.
  • Love does not claim possession but gives freedom.
  • Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.
  • It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.
  • One has to step in the water to test the rough waves. Stand tall and try to cope up with your problems. This is the only solution to deal with your fears as well as obstacles in your success path!
  • Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
  • Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
  • Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
  • Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.

Famous writings of Rabindranath Tagore

The famous novels of Rabindranath Tagore

  • Chokher Bali
  • Gora
  • Ghare Baire

Facts about Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore composed National Anthems for 3 nations

  • Jana Gana Mana – National Anthem of India
  • Amar Sonar Bangla – National Anthem of Bangaladesh
  • Nama Nama Sri Lanka Mata (in bengali) – Srilanka

Albert Einstein was an admirer of Rabindranath Tagore

  • Rabindranath Tagore’s interaction with Albert Einstein was widely published
  • Both had met in Caputh in Germany in 1930.
  • The two Nobel-laureates were mutual admirers.
Rabindranath Tagore
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Rabindranath Tagore Conferred the title of “Mahatma” to Mahatma Gandhi

  • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, our father of nation was given the title of Mahatma by Tagore.
  • Tagore was a strong admirer of Gandhi for his ideas on nationalism and conferred the title of ‘Mahatma’ on Gandhi to honour him.
Rabindranath Tagore
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Rabindranath , the bard who was a music icon and a traveller

  • Well known for his work in the field of literature
  • Tagore was also a well known music expert and wrote more than 2,000 songs, which are now known as ‘Rabindrasangit’.
  • Several of these songs were inspired by his travels.
  • He was highly influenced by the up-beat English, Irish and Scottish folk music that he often listened to along with Hindustani classical music.
  • Tagore travelled to over 30 countries on five continents in a little over five decades in the late 19th century and the early 20th century.
  • He liked the concept of internationalism which was influenced by his travel

Tagore returned his Knighthood

  • Tagore returned his Knighthood in protest against Jallianwala Bagh massacre
    On May 31st, 1919
  • A month after Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Tagore renounced his 1915 knighthood.
  • In his letter to the viceroy, Tagore wrote:” The time has come when the badge of honour makes our shame glaring in their incongruous text of humiliation, and I, for my part, wish to stand shorn of all special distinctions, by the side of those of my countrymen who, for their so-called insignificance are liable to suffer degradation not fit for human beings.”


Rabindranath Tagore is also known as Gurudev, Kabiguru, Biswakabi and “the Bard of Bengal”. His contribution to Indian literature, music and art is immense. His quotes on life is a guiding light for all os us.

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