Rabindranath Tagore: A Renaissance Man Essay

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|“What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real”. Doesn't this quote ring a bell in your head?Yes, it is a quote by |
|our famous poet,playwright,writer composer,essayist,spiritualist,philosopher,painter,orator ...view middle of the document...

He reached out|
|to people through his words in form of plays, poems, stories and novels. He brought out many reforms changing the image of our country of which some|
|of them are followed to this day. |
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|Education took a new turn with Rabindranath Tagore's Shantiniketan, a pilgrimage for modern-day students. As its name suggests, it is an 'abode of |
|peace' for the students. Tagore largely declined classroom schooling, preferring to roam mansions or nearby idylls. He created this school amidst |
|trees and groves. Like his quote “Trees are Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven”, this school promoted in living in harmony with|
|nature and would cultivate students' natural creativity. His quote “The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but |
|makes our life in harmony with all existence.” gives us his view on education. |
|He was against the caste and creed system of untouchability. According to him, such practices had to be abolished to create a bonded sense of |
|harmony among people. In the early 1930s, he targeted India's "abnormal caste consciousness" and untouchability. Lecturing against these, he penned |
|poems and dramas with 'untouchable' heroes and campaigned for them. He scrutinized orthodoxy and moved with the people's emotions. He mourned for |
|the dead and celebrated with the joyous people. He even expressed the status of these situations in his literary works. Tagore was also into science|
|. Science and technology would improve the status of the country, giving it a new life. Tagore took an interest in science in his last years, |
|writing Visva-Parichay (a collection of essays) in 1937. His exploration of biology, physics, and astronomy impacted his poetry, which often |
|contained extensive naturalism that underscored his respect for scientific laws. |
|He traveled immensely spreading his political ideas and familiarizing his work to Non-Indian audiences. He toured the world touching Mexico, |
|Singapore, Italy, Argentina, Rome, England, America, Japan, Switzerland, Germany and many other destinations where his English-translated versions |
|of his works grew popular bringing him invitations from all round the globe for visits and discussions. Such travels allowed him to interact with |
|famous scientists and novelists like Albert Einstein and H. G. Wells.”I believe in the true meeting of the East and the West.” (quote) is what he |
|did. ...

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