Rabindranath Tagore – The Voice of India

Rabindranath Tagore – The Voice of India

In a world of literary magazines Tagore lived

Music recitals, and theatre he breathed,

His was a large social group of art lovers.

Oldest brother, a poet and philosopher,

In the Civil Service and elite group was another brother,

A gifted musician, playright, composer, one brother,

And a novelist one sister.

His sister in law Kadambari Devi

Was his close bestie

And a powerful influence on him,

Her sudden suicide devastated him.

The void left a profound mark on his literary life.

Causing a real emotional strife.

Tagore started writing poems around age eight,

He underwent the upanayana, a coming-of-age rite:

Shaved bald, and sent into retreat,

To chant and meditate.

He instead beat drums and played, 

A sacred thread of investiture after which he received.

His first close contact with his father was on a tour.

He visited Shantiniketan full of greenery

Where he felt free with no ‘servocracy’.

He was exposed to astronomy,

English and Sanskrit-language books he read,

And on biographies he was fed.

He travelled to England  in early October,

With the intention to become a barrister.

He first stayed for some months near Brighton

Tagore was brought to London.

 He enrolled at University College London.

But just over a year it became boredom.

Exposure to English language and culture brought gradually

To his passion, music, poetry and drama, a new creativity,

Permeating his earlier knowledge of Bengali.

Nevertheless, he never held on to English wholly

Or the traditionally severe Hindu religious observances

 In his art or in his life but chose what he deemed best.

His earned him world repute with his literary activities

His volumes of short stories,

Novels, dramas, essays, travel diaries, autobiographies, 

His songs, drawings and paintings.

And his poems having universal themes,

Lead him to more fame.

The voice of India he became sooner.

Being universally acclaimed as a prodigious writer

Of deep human concern, being a great thinker,

An outstanding philosopher,

And he bagged the Nobel Prize,

Surely, nobody could challenge the great rise.

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About Pushmaotee Subrun

Pushmaotee Fowdur Subrun was born in 1949 in Mauritius. She pursued higher studies in Delhi University where she graduated in English. For the past forty-four years she has worked in secondary schools, seven years of which she spent in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, teaching English in an army school. She completed her PGCE at the Mauritius Institute of Education in 1993. After her retirement, she was a member of the Council of the University of Mauritius for three years. She is currently a reader and editor in the Ministry of Arts and Culture. She has written one novel, one play and Short Stories and Fables. Her poems have featured in Setu Magazine, ‘Poetry and Creativity’ and in Atunis Poetry.

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