Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2022: Celebrated annually and globally in May, Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti falls on the 25th day of the Bengali month of Boishakh. Tagore was born on the day in the year 1268, according to the Bengali calendar. In 2022, the festival will be observed on 7th May.
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti or Rabindra Jayanti is a cultural celebration to mark the birth anniversary of the luminary, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary.
Celebrated annually and globally in May, Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti falls on the 25th day of the Bengali month of Boishakh.
Tagore was born on the day in the year 1268, according to the Bengali calendar and 1861 AD, as per the Gregorian calendar. Tagore was also referred to as ‘Gurudev’, ‘Kabiguru’, and ‘Biswakabi’.
Nicknamed Rabi, he was the youngest of 13 children and lost his mother in March 1875 when he was not yet 14. At the age of 11, he accompanied his father on a tour across India. During the journey, he also read the works of famous writers including classical Sanskrit poet Kalidasa.
Upon returning, he composed a long poem in the Maithili style. Tagore began studying the works of Shakespeare in his college years and in 1880 when he returned to Bengal without a degree, he was inspired to produce his own literary works by fusing the elements of Bengali and European traditions.
In 1882, one of his most acclaimed poems titled Nirjharer Swapnabhanga was published.
While Gitanjali is considered Tagore’s tour de force, he was also a prolific songwriter who composed 2,230 songs categorized as Rabindra Sangeet. He is also credited with writing several volumes of short stories, and novels including works such as Gora, Ghare-Baire, and Yogayog.