Did you know that Rabindranath Tagore wrote national anthem for other countries also apart from India?

| Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 19:59
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Rabindranath Tagore wrote national anthem for other countries also apart from India?

Did you know that Rabindranath Tagore wrote national anthem for other countries also apart from India?

NEW DELHI: Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore left a legacy behind that can never be forgotten. He would have turned 154 today if he was alive.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tribute to the gracious soul, said, “I bow down to Gurudesv on his birth anniversary”


At 80, Rabindranath Tagore died on August 7, 1941 but his work and inheritance will be alive eternally. 

While there is almost none who would not know about the celebrated works done by the ‘Gurudev’, there are many other things done by him which are not popularly known.

On his birthday today, let’s take a look on some lesser known facts about the man who reshaped Bengali literature and music.

1)    We all are aware that Rabindranath Tagore wrote the National Anthem of India. But not many are aware that his song ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ was adopted as the National Anthem of Bangladesh and also the lyrics of Sri Lanka’s National Anthem were given by him.

2)    Disappointed by the idea of regular classroom schooling, Rabindranath Tagore laid the foundation of Visva-Bharati University in 1918 that was funded by his Nobel Prize money. The gurus were the mentors and of the students in true spirit which offered them emotional, spiritual and intellectual guidance individually.

3)    The Nobel Prize of Tagore was stolen from the safety vault of the university in 2004. Swedish Academy, as a replacement offered two replicas of the same to the university.

4)    Tagore was knighted by the British Government in 1915; however, as a protest against the British policies in colonial India, he gave up the knighthood.

5)    Even though Rabindranath Tagore was an extremely close friend of Mahatama Gandhi, there are several known disagreements between the two on different issues including nationalism, cultural exchange, economy, patriotism etc. 

6)    Rabindranath Tagore introduced the best of Indian culture to more than 30 countries while touring five continents. 

7)    Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. 

8)    Rabindranath Tagore was nicknamed ‘Rabi’ in his family and was youngest of the 13 surviving children. He was majorly raised by servants as his mother died while he was too young and his father was a frequent traveler. 

9)    Tagore had five kids, two of whom died in their childhood

10)    Rabindranath Tagore in his visit to the Chennai in 1934, then Madras took a firm stand in favour of educating regional languages.

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This is very good subject

you are wrong

The lyrics for the national anthem of sri lanka was not given by rabindranath tagore.it was written by sri lankan writer ananda samarakoon.don't tell lies to the world.

Sri Lanka national Anthem

In April 2011 we learned that Sri Lanka's national anthem was also penned by Tagore. 'Apa Sri Lanka, Nama Nama Nama Nama Mata, Sundar Sri Boroni' was originally 'Nama Nama Sri Lanka Mata' in Bangla, written and set to tune by Rabindranath. He did so at the request of his favourite Sri Lankan student at Shantiniketan, Ananda Samarkun, in 1938. In 1940 Ananda returned to his native land and in 1946 he translated the song into Sinhalese and recorded it in Tagore's tune. Sri Lanka became independent in 1948. A couple of years later a National Anthem Committee was formed. It chose Ananda's song, after a lot of discussion, on 22 November 1951. No other poet has written the national anthem of two countries, let alone three.

You bluff- shape shape sri lanka

Please tell the world the name `ananda samarakoon` is from stand alone classical sinhala (a mixture of indian and portuguese, spanish etc) And above all that Ajanta Frescos TriMurti is a copy of Sigiriya Sinhalaya, are settler courtesy portuguese Goa from south india like the yankees.

Inspired by Tagore

According to Sumana Saparamadu, Samarakoon had been asked to write a patriotic song by the Chief Inspector of Schools for the Southern Province T. D. Jayasuriya.[1] There are differing accounts as to the origin of the Sri Lanka Matha. According to K. M. de Silva, Howard Wriggins, The Times of India and IBN Live, Ananda Samarakoon was inspired by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.[2][3][4] Rupavahini, Sunil Ariyaratne and R. K. Radhakrishnan state that Samarakoon returned to Ceylon from India around 1938 and wrote Namo Namo Mata in October 1940, whilst teaching at Mahinda College, inspired by his learning under Tagore.[5][6] wikipedia

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