TAGORE AVENUE is named after Rabindranath Tagore (born on 7th May 1861 and died on 7th August 1941) who was a Bengali poet, short story writer, songwriter, playwright, essayist and painter. A versatile man indeed!

He became famous after he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.

Rabindranath Tagore was the son of Dabandranath Tagore a religious reformer.

Tagore was responsible for introducing to the West the best of Indian culture and vice versa.

He studied in England but did not complete his studies and returned to India in the late 1870s. His literary career began in the 1880s when he first composed his poetry in Bengali; his second later books were published and these were followed in 1890 when he produced his first anthology of poems. These poems reflected that he was a budding genius. The subject matter for his poetry dealt with social and political issues. They were indeed satirical.

In 1891, he assumed control of his family's estates in East Bengal; he did these for 10 years. It was a project that brought him into close touch with common humanity and increased his interest in social reforms. It was also here that he recognized the poverty in Bengal and this influenced him to write satirical poetry on the miseries of the poor.

One of his famous works was Chitra (Chitraganda) in 1892. This was followed by more than 2,000 songs.

Tagore began to move into a different direction by establishing an institution. In 1901 he set up a school – Santiniketan, meaning ‘Abode of Peace' in the hinterland of West Bengal. In this cultural institution, he experimented on Upanishadic ideals of education and envisioned that Indian and Western traditions could be intertwined. In 1920 Tagore founded the Visva Bharat University.

Between 1902 and 1907 Tagore's wife and two children passed away. This had an impact on his poems. He began to write sad poems. In 1912, he produced one of his masterpieces –Gitanjali (Song of Suffering) of which English translations were made.

The well-known English poet WB Yeats and Andre Gide paid tribute to Tagore and this contributed to Tagore receiving the Nobel Prize in 1913. In 1915, Tagore was given a knighthood but he repudiated it in 1919 because of the British massacre of Indians in Amritsar, Punjab.

Tagore, later went on a lecture tour to Europe, America and East Asia. He also visited Singapore where the Indian community gave him a reception. Later he toured Bali and Java and after his visit to these places, he composed a poem.

Tagore is also famous for his support to the Indian Independence Movement and deliverance from British colonialism. A devoted friend to Gandhi, the father of modern India, Tagore would participate in the Indian nationalist movement in his own non-sentimental and visionary ways.

During the later years in his life when he was 70 years old, he ventured into painting. Some of his paintings found a place in India's contemporary art.

He died at the age of 80, the only Indian who was a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.