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Rabindranath Tagore

The simplicity and beauty of Sikhism left a lasting impact on Nobel laureate and Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was later inspired to write three beautiful poems titled 'Gobind Guru', 'Veer Guru' and 'The Last Lesson', Himandri Banerji, Guru Nanak Professor of Indian History in Jadawpur University of Kolkata, told Times News Network on Thursday.

He wrote about Guru Gobind Singh and a composition titled 'Bandi Veer' about Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. Rabindranath Tagore was also inspired by the sacrifice of Bhai Taru Singh.
Not only this, Banerji said that Tagore also wrote an essay on Guru Nanak's Sacha Sauda at the age of 21 years for a Bengali children's magazine called 'Balak'.

But Tagore's  changed with the sudden partition of the Bengal Presidency. He held Guru Gobind Singh's militant approach responsible for contemporary Bengali politics.

He said that he later wrote an article in 1909 and in 1914, which was criticised by Professor Vinu Sarkar.
Rabindranath Tagore, however, changed his opinion on seeing the peaceful movement of the Akali Morcha. This was followed by a poem about Sikh sacrifice and martyrdom, Banerji said.

Banerji who is also author of "The Other Sikhs: A View From Eastern India" based on Assamese, Bengali and Oriya writings on Sikh history and religion, said that Tagore had visited Golden Temple with his father Davinder Nath Tagore in 1873.

Back then, 'kirtan' performed by a noted Sikh Kirtankar had left a lasting impression on him. Speaking about Rabindra Sangeet, he said the Gurbani has inspired certain songs. In fact, Rabindranath Tagore also translated Guru Nanak's 'aarti' 'Gagan Mein Thal' to Bengali.

Banerji said that a Nanak Panthi Sikh Lal Bihari Singh translated the Guru Granth Sahib to Bengali in 1899 and by later Prof Chakladhar during the pre-independence era.


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  2. Where from the Bengali translation of the GURU GRANTH SAHIB be found?

  3. maneet kaurApril 01, 2013

    can you share Guru dev Rabindernath Tagore complete poem "Gobind Guru " and "Veer Gru"

  4. Basant BrarAugust 28, 2013

    Only great souls can realize the greatness of other great souls . Rabindranath Tagore ,like Swami Vivekananda , revealed his greatness by appreciating the greatness and contribution of the Sikh Gurus and their followers .