For which works of Tagore is he most famous?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Tagore's works are well known, but I think that Tagore is more famous for his state of being.  At a time, when India was just learning how to come into its own, Tagore proved to be a larger than life force.  Naturally, his work of poetry, "Gitanjali," was well received and helped him with the Nobel Prize.  At the same time, his words become the basis for the Indian National Anthem.  Tagore's gifts in many realms such as poetry were only matched by his penchant for short stories.  In works such as "The Postmaster," much about human relationships as well as Indian identity emerges.  Tagore is known as being one of the first voices of India that spoke for and about India to an audience far larger than just India.  If the idea of Tagore being "the greatest poet India has ever produced" is valid, then nearly any work he created will have a large level of merit and this is certainly appropriate in this case.

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william1941 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Rabindranath Tagore was a famous poet and writer from India who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. Though most of Tagore’s work was written in Bengali originally, he translated several of them to English. His most famous pieces of writing include Chocher Bali translated in 1903 to Eyesore and Nashtanir or The Broken Nest. He later wrote Gitanjali, which is an outstanding collection of songs. Some of his other well known works include Jatri and Vichitra. A substantial part of Tagore’s work was in the form of stories and articles published in local publications. His song “Our Golden Bengal” is the national anthem of Bangladesh.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Rabindranath Tagore was a highly talented multifaceted person. Many people think of him only as a poet and a writer. But he was much more than a person with Ideas and ability to express them in words. He was a man of action. He not only expressed his ideas in words but actually developed and lived new ways of living. He also spread his ideas about life and living in this way for the benefit of others. In this process he created an educational setup called Shanti Niketan based on practical activities that has now flourished in to a big university.

His personal life as well as the activities of Shanti Niketan included thins like composing music and singing, staging dramas, painting, making handicrafts, and designing and wearing new kind of clothes for greater comfort.

However he we go by the international awareness, Tagore is best known for collection of poems called Gitanjali, for which he received a Nobel Price in literature in 1913.

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