The Works of Rabindranath Tagore
consist of poems, novels, short stories, dramas, paintings, drawings, and music that Bengali
poet and Brahmo
philosopher Rabindranath Tagore
created over his lifetime.
Tagore's literary reputation is disproportionately influenced by regard for his poetry; however, he also wrote novels, essays, short stories, travelogues, dramas, and thousands of songs. Of Tagore's prose, his short stories are perhaps most highly regarded; indeed, he is credited with originating the Bangla-language version of the genre. His works are frequently noted for their rhythmic, optimistic, and lyrical nature. However, such stories mostly borrow from deceptively simple subject matter — the lives of ordinary people.
Tagore's experiences with drama began when he was sixteen, when he played the lead role in his brother Jyotirindranath's
adaptation of Molière
's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
. Tagore wrote his first original dramatic piece when he was twenty — Valmiki Pratibha
("The Genius of Valmiki"), which was shown at the Tagores' mansion. His works — emphasizing fusion of lyrical flow and emotional rhythm tightly focused on a core idea — were unlike previous Bengali drama. Tagore stated that his works sought to articulate "the play of feeling and not of action". In 1890 he wrote Visarjan
("Sacrifice"); it has been... Read More