( Robindro shonggit
, ), also known as Tagore Songs
, is a form of music composed by Rabindranath Tagore
who added a new dimension to the musical concept of India
in general and Bengal
in specific.Ghosh, p. xiii
Rabindra Sangeet use Indian classical music
and traditional folk music
as sources. Tagore wrote some 2,230 songs.
The collection is sometimes known as the Gitabitan (garden of songs). The four major parts of this book are Puja (worship), Prem (love), Prakriti (Nature) and Bichitra (Diverse).
Influence and legacy
Rabindra Sangeet has had a very strong influence on Bengali culture. These songs are regarded as cultural treasures of Bengal in both West Bengal
(India) and Bangladesh
, which deal with varied themes are immensely popular and form a foundation for the Bengali ethos that is comparable to, perhaps even greater than, that which Shakespeare
has on the English
-speaking world. It is said that his songs are the outcome of 500 years of literary & cultural churning that the Bengali community has gone through.
In his book Caste and Outcaste
, Dhan Gopal Mukerji
has said that these songs transcend the mundane to the aesthetic and express all ranges and categories of human emotion. The poet had given a voice to all—big or small, rich or poor. The poorest boatman on the Ganges
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