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Rabindranath Tagore

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Guru Rabindranath Tagore (born 7 May 1861 – died 7 August 1941) was a Bengali polymath who worked as a poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer and painter. He reshaped Bengali literature and music as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1913, he became the first non-European and the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

21-year-old Tagore married approximately 10-year-old Mrinalini Devi[1] in 1883. The marriage was arranged by his father and he had not met her beforehand,[2] but they produced their first child, Madhurilata (Bela), in 1886, when Mrinalini was 13 or 14.[3] They had five children, two of whom died in childhood.


  2. Dutta K., Robinson A. (1997). Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore. Cambridge University Press. p. 13.
  3. Ibid. p. 7.