Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is celebrated all across the globe for his contribution to the world of literature. However, that’s not the only thing that illuminates his greatness. He played an active role in inspiring thousands to join the freedom movement and fight for the independence of their motherland.
There is a saying among the Bengali community “Rabindranath has written songs or poems for every occasion.” The truth is exactly the same! Even one look at “Gitanjali,” the book for which he received the Nobel Prize for Literature, proves the same.
India adopted his creation “Jana Gana Mana” as its national anthem on January 24, 1950. Originally a five-stanza song, only the first stanza is used with a formal rendition time of 52 seconds.
This is not the only national anthem that came out of this versatile mind. He is also the one who wrote the same for Bangladesh, “Amar Sonar Bangla.” Translated to “My Golden Bengal,” this song was originally an ode to undivided Bengal that was later adopted by Bangladesh during the 1971 liberation war.
The anthem of Sri Lanka is written by composer Ananda Samarakoon. There are different accounts for its creation. The prominent one is that it’s heavily influenced by Rabindranath Tagore. Considering the fact that, Ananda Samarakoon was a student at Tagore’s “Gurukul,” this seems like a possible probability.
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