Dhaka, Aug 6: The 78th death anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore is being observed across Bangladesh on Tuesday. Tagore, who enriched the Bengali language and literature with his astounding talent and merit, died on this day in 1941 at the age of 80. Different organisations are holding many programmes, while television channels are broadcasting special programme to pay respect to Gurudev Tagore. Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Shishu Academy and different government and non-government institutions and cultural organisations chalked out elaborate programmes on the occasion.
Tagore was a poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, as well as a composer whose works reshaped Bangla literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was Born on May 7, 1861, at Jorasanko Mansion in Kolkata. Tagore 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 - Amar Sonar Bangla and Jana Gana Mana, respectively. Tagore had written novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on political and on many other topics. Gitanjali, Gora, Ghare-Baire and Chokher Bali are among his best known works. UNI