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Tagore birthday at Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Join the annual celebrations of the birth of the Indian poet

Celebrating the birth of Rabindranath Tagore

This year, together with actors from Shakespeare Aloud, Obhi & Kaberi Chatterjee’s group of singers and musicians (Prantik) will be highlighting Tagore’s holistic educational philosophy through a short programme of his songs and musical plays.

Tagore is perhaps best known for winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his poetry. Two of his songs are the national anthems of India and Bangladesh. He was also involved in writing the national anthem of Sri Lanka.

However, Tagore’s own experience of formal education was not a success. He set up a school at Santiniketan in 1901 based on his own educational philosophy. He went on to found Visva-Bharati University. Past students include Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen, filmmaker Satyajit Ray and former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Shakespeare was a great influence on Tagore. He wrote and translated the poem in Shakespeare’s honour engraved on the plinth of the bust of Tagore in the garden of Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Like Shakespeare, Tagore’s works have a broad, timeless appeal. Learn more about the history of our bust of Tagore.

This event is included in the admission charge for Shakespeare's Birthplace

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