Rabindranath Tagore, known simply as Tagore, was a true
Renaissance man, distinguishing himself as a gifted philosopher, social and
political reformer, and popular author. His most famous poem, “Gitanjali”—extracts
of which are recorded here—earned him the distinction of the first non-European
writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.
This selection of poems is read for you by Shyama Perera, a
gifted journalist, broadcaster, and novelist.
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About Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) was a Bengali polymath who reshaped the art of his culture. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal. His verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed—or panned—for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation. His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India’s “Jana Gana Mana” and Bangladesh’s “Amar Shonar Bangla.” Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 and knighted by the British Crown in 1915, though he later renounced this honor after the 1919 Amritsar massacre.
About Shyama Perera
Shyama Perera is an established print journalist and author
well-received novels and a short history of contraception. Her essays and short
stories are published in numerous anthologies. In recent years she has
expressed her love of theater through membership of the Olivier Awards panel,
and is a regular reviewer for the Archant group of newspapers. She runs a well-received
Shyama has narrated several audiobooks of South Indian poetry.