Tagore’s birth anniversary Friday

Dhaka, May 08 – The 159th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore is being celebrated on Friday. Tagore was a poet, visual artist, playwright, and novelist whose works enriched 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.
Apart from writing poetries, Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays. Gitanjali, Gora, Ghare-Baire and Chokher Bali are among his best-known works.
National newspapers have published special features while television channels and radio stations are airing special programmes highlighting the life and works of the poet. – News Desk with UNB