Rabindranath Tagore died 75 years ago today, and to celebrate, he is trending on Indian twitter! So I thought I would throw up a quick post of all the things he means to me.
I know Tagore had a huge influence on modern India in a whole variety of ways, and that he was a brilliant artist, and that Satyajit Ray revered him, all of that (if you want all the standard details of his life, check out his wikipedia entry). But if you want the funky things he means to me, check out the following.
Wrote the Indian National Anthem:
Gave up his knighthood after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre:
Sang “Vande Mataram” in 1896 during a session of the Indian National Congress, helping to popularize the hymn;
And, is the great-great uncle of Sharmila Tagore, whose first role on film was playing one of his character’s in a film by Ray, which means in some ways Rabindranath is the reason we got to enjoy this fabulous song sequence a few years later:
(That baby is so freaking cute!)
And, even more years later, we got to enjoy this song sequence:
And then, just to bring it all together, your great-great-great nephew’s future wife was in a movie in which the National Anthem you wrote was used: