New Delhi, May 8 : The nation on Friday is paying rich tributes to world poet Rabindranath Tagore-who 'glorified' both life and death through numerous creations-on his 159th birth anniversary. Unlike earlier, people from all walks of life, including poets, writers, singers, artists and others are celebrating the occasion staying at home across the country, impacted by the lockdown because of the Coronavirus outbreak. This year's reverence to Bishwakabi assumes a new 'dimension of death' as besides Covid19, a series of recent deaths of eminent personalities, and of some others in accidents proved his 'all existence' who penned- "Marono Re Tuhu Mamo Shyamo Saman (Oh Death! You are equal to Lord Krishna to me)."
After 12 persons succumbed to gas leak at Visakhapatnam yesterday, 16 labourers were crushed to death by a goods train at Aurangabad this morning. Meanwhile, the worldwide Covid death toll accelerated to 2,69,267 as India accounted for 1,886. Author of the profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse of 'Gitanjali,' Kabiguru became in 1913 the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tagore, who started writing at the age of eight, turned as a humanist and ardent anti-nationalist and denounced the British Raj.
The creator's legacy also endures in the Institution he founded- Visva -Bharati University. Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurring rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic structures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas and essays spoke to topics - both political and personal. His compositions were chosen by two Nations as National Anthems: India's 'Jana Gana Mana....' and Bangladesh's 'Amar Sonar Bangla....' The Sri Lankan National Anthem was also inspired by his work. The end of the 'unending' came on August 7, 1941. (UNI)