Literary Works of Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore wrote eight novels and four novellas, including ‘Chaturanga’, ‘Shesher Kobita’, ‘Char Odhay’, and ‘Noukadubi’. ‘Ghare Baire’ (The Home and the World) through the lens of the idealistic zamindar protagonist Nikhil excoriates the rise of Indian nationalism, terrorism and religious zeal in the Swadeshi movement. In some sense, ‘Gora’ shares the same theme, raising controversial questions regarding the Indian identity.
Another powerful story is ‘Yogayog’ (Nexus), where the heroine Kumudini is torn between her pity for the sinking fortunes of her progressive and compassionate elder brother and his foil. In it, Tagore demonstrates his feminist leanings, using pathos to depict the plight and ultimate demise of Bengali women trapped by pregnancy, duty and family honour. He also treats the decline of Bengal's landed oligarchy.
Other novels were more uplifting. ‘Shesher Kobita’ is his most lyrical novel, with poems and rhythmic passages written by the main character (a poet). It also contains the elements of satire and postmodernism attacking an oppressively renowned poet who, incidentally, goes by the name of Rabindranath Tagore. Though his novels remain among the least-appreciated of his works, they have been given renewed attention via film adaptations by many directors like Satyajit Ray. These include ‘Chokher Bali’ and ‘Ghare Baire’; many have soundtracks featuring selections from Tagore's own Rabindrasangeet.
Tagore also wrote many non-fiction books, writing on topics ranging from Indian history to linguistics. In addition to autobiographical works, his travelogues, essays, and lectures were compiled into several volumes, including ‘Iurop Jatrir Patro’ (Letters from Europe) and ‘Manusher Dhormo’ (The Religion of Man).
Other Literary Achievements of Rabindranath Tagore
Some of his literary achievements are as follows:
Achievements Given to Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore was given the following recognitions for his literary works:
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