Tributes To Tagore On His Punya Tithi

On the solemn occasion of the 22nd of Shraban, as the winds of time carry us to this day, we remember a soul whose eternal brilliance illuminates the world with his profound philosophy and timeless creations.

Rabindranath Tagore, the bard of Bengal, continues to be an eternal flame in the hearts of people around the globe. His poetry and melodies transcend borders, cultures, and languages, touching the very essence of human emotion. He was not just a poet; he was a visionary, an artist, a philosopher who dared to dream beyond the confines of his era.

Rabindranath had turned more and more philosophical, as his twilight years approached. Around this time, fifteen new volumes appeared, among them prose-poem works Punashcha (1932), Shes Saptak (1935), and Patraput (1936). Experimentation continued in his prose-songs and dance-dramas— Chitra (1914), Shyama (1939), and Chandalika (1938)— and in his novels— Dui Bon (1933), Malancha (1934), and Char Adhyay (1934). 

Tagore's respect expanded to science and scientific laws in his last years, which reflected in his poetry. He wove the process of science, the narratives of scientists, into stories in Se (1937), Tin Sangi (1940), and Galpasalpa (1941). 

His last five years were marked by chronic pain and two long periods of illness. These began when Tagore lost consciousness in late 1937. This was followed in late 1940 by a similar spell, from which he never recovered. Poetry from these suffering years is among his finest, which ended with Tagore's death on 7 August 1941, at 80. The date is mourned till today as “Baishe Srabon”. A day prior to a scheduled operation he wrote his last poem. “ I'm lost in the middle of my birthday. I want my friends, their touch, with the earth's last love. I will take life's final offering, I will take the human's last blessing. Today my sack is empty. I have given completely whatever I had to give. In return if I receive anything—some love, some forgiveness—then I will take it with me when I step on the boat that crosses to the festival of the wordless end.”

Chittaranjan Park, a microcosm of diverse cultural values, finds itself uniquely connected to Tagore's ideals of unity and harmony. His odes to universal love and respect for unity in diversity resounds through myriad offerings by the residents.

Let us take a moment to reflect on the timeless relevance of Tagore's teachings. Let his philosophy guide us towards a world where compassion, empathy, and understanding flourish. Let us strive to be the torchbearers of his ideals, ensuring that his light never fades away.

We bow down to the luminous aura of the Eternal Bard.