Rabindranath Tagore


This has been the 150th anniversary year of the Indian writer, philosopher and educationist Rabindranath Tagore, who received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913 after T.S. Eliot had introduced him to the West. Tagore's collection of poems 'Gitanjali' - which he translated into English himself - is probably his best known work around the world. Much of his work was about the Unity of All Things, an ancient vedic concept, which has echoes today in the Gaia and other ecologically sensitive movements. I am personally interested in him because he was a best friend of the Indian scientist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose - about whom I am writing - who showed that plants are much more complex and interersting than we thought. Bose's careful experimental scientific work on plant life thrilled Tagore.

>>By rationalist   (Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 12:54)

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