Rabindranath Tagore Essay

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2. Importance of the problem: Rabindranath Tagore, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, is internationally known as a great poet. He was born on May 1, 1861, in Calcutta, Bengal, at a time when the first uncritical admiration for the West had worn off and there was a more balanced appraisal for it. Simultaneously, there was increased knowledge of and regard for the values of the East. His grandfather. Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, was a friend of the great Indian religious reformer. Raja Rammohan Roy, and was among the first Indians to travel to Europe. His father, Maharsi (great saint) Devendranath, was a deep student of Indian and Islamic mysticism. From his earliest days, Rabindranath grew up in a house where all…show more content…
Tagore did not have any academic degree in education, but he was a great educator of his time. He not only advocated changes in educa- tion but practiced them in his school at Santiniketan. The school started in 1901 under the name Brahmacharyasram, was later changed to Brahma vidyalaya and finally to simply the Santiniketan School. Later the school was expanded and in 1921 Vis va-Bharati, the International University, was formally inaugurated. In 1922, rural welfare department of Visva- Bharati was formally opened at Surul with the name of Srini- ketan. Like the other departments of Visva-Bharati, Sriniketan grew slowly f ran small beginnings to a great centre of rural reconstruction and village education. Actually, Tagore was the first in India to think out for himself and put into practice principles of education which have now become commonplace in educational theory if not yet in practice. At present, when India is trying to find appropriate educational direction for its development, Tagore 's educational work
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