Tagore: the Wisdom Master

Rabindranath Tagore with some of his followers in 1925 (Wikimedia)

In 1913, the Nobel Prize for literature was awarded to Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. It was the first time the prize was given to an Asian writer. But Tagore was more than a poet. He wrote numerous novels, short stories and plays. He composed over two thousand songs, including the national anthem of India. He was a philosopher, an educator, an activist, and influenced such important figures as Gandhi and Einstein. Late in his life he became a respected painter. But sixty years after his death, the most creative genius of the Indian Renaissance is little known outside his own country. ‘Tagore- The Wisdom Master’ looks into the life and work of this “myriad-minded man” whose ideas still have great relevance for the world today.

Produced and presented by David Swatling

Euroquest: March 21, 2003