Rabindra Jayanti is the day which celebrates the birthday of the great researcher and writer Rabindranath Tagore. Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore is celebrated on 25th day of Baisakh. The day is celebrated with great passion in Kolkata and West Bengal. Cultural display and poetry recitations are arranged in the memory of Rabindranath Tagore. All cultural activities during this day are held at Jorasanko Thakurbari. Music, skits, dramas, traditional songs, poem recitation, patriotic dances and songs are performed in schools, colleges, other educational institutions as well as in theatres. Jorasanko Thakurbari and Rabindra Sadan is the main venue of all cultural activities during Rabindra Jayanti. The celebration continues from dawn to dusk. It is celebrated with equal fervour at Shantiniketan, the university started by Rabindranath Tagore.
Who was Rabindranath Tagore ?
Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who was associated with literature, art and poetry. He was the son of Debendranath Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj. He was native of Bengal and reshaped the literature and music of Bengal.
He was educated at home but for further studies, he was sent to England where he didn't complete his education.
He participated in the Indian nationalist movement, though in his own non-sentimental and visionary way.
Gandhi, the political father of modern India, was his devoted friend.
Rabindranath Tagore was knighted by the ruling British Government in 1915, but within a few years he resigned the honour as a protest against British policies in India.
The Writings of Rabindranath Tagore :
Rabindranath Tagore is the only known person to have written the national anthems for two different countries. He wrote Jana Gana Mana, the national anthem for India, and Amar Sonar Bangla, the national anthem for Bangladesh.
Rabindranath Tagore died on August 7, 1941.