Rabindranath Tagore

1861 - 1941

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Rabindranath Tagore ( ; pronounced [roˈbindɾonatʰ ˈʈʰakuɾ]; 7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) was a Bengali poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer, and painter during the age of Bengal Renaissance. He reshaped Bengali literature and music as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of the "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful" poetry of Gitanjali, he became in 1913 the first non-European and the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rabindranath Tagore has received more than 19,491,993 page views. His biography is available in 160 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 152 in 2019). Rabindranath Tagore is the 63rd most popular writer (down from 62nd in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from India (down from 6th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Indian Writer.

Rabindranath Tagore is most famous for his poetry and novels. He is also known for being the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Notable Works

Gitanjali (song offerings)
Bengali literature
The king of the dark chamber
English literature
Short stories


Among writers, Rabindranath Tagore ranks 63 out of 7,302Before him are Astrid Lindgren, Oscar Wilde, Stefan Zweig, Marcel Proust, Giacomo Casanova, and Ayn Rand. After him are Arthur Conan Doyle, Umberto Eco, Heinrich Heine, Romain Rolland, Bertolt Brecht, and Nikolai Gogol.

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Among people born in 1861, Rabindranath Tagore ranks 1After him are Mehmed VI, Rudolf Steiner, Fridtjof Nansen, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Georges Méliès, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, Victor Horta, Erich von Falkenhayn, Georgy Lvov, and Alfred North Whitehead. Among people deceased in 1941, Rabindranath Tagore ranks 2Before him is Wilhelm II, German Emperor. After him are Henri Bergson, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Alfonso XIII of Spain, Maurice Leblanc, Maximilian Kolbe, Emanuel Lasker, Walther Nernst, and Arthur Evans.

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In India

Among people born in India, Rabindranath Tagore ranks 7 out of 1,861Before him are Mahatma Gandhi (1869), Narendra Modi (1950), Ashoka (-304), Rajneesh (1931), George Orwell (1903), and Amitabh Bachchan (1942). After him are A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), B. R. Ambedkar (1891), Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887), Ramakrishna (1836), and Vivien Leigh (1913).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Rabindranath Tagore ranks 2Before him are George Orwell (1903). After him are Rudyard Kipling (1865), Valmiki (-80), Kālidāsa (400), Salman Rushdie (1947), Tulsidas (1532), Ghalib (1797), Savitribai Phule (1831), Meera (1498), Premchand (1880), and William Makepeace Thackeray (1811).