Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Rabindranath Tagore was born in Jorasanko Calcutta. Even though the Tagores were a progressive family, their home a hub of social activity and culture, Rabindranathreceived no formal training in painting.Rabindranath transformed his lack of formal training of art into an advantage andopened new horizons in the use of line and colour. He was prolific in his paintingsand sketches as he was in his writing, producing over 2500 of these within adecade. Over 1500 of them are preserved in Viswa-Bharati, Santiniketan.It is evident that in his search of newer form of expression in line and colourRabindranath was trying to express something different from what he did in hispoetry and songs. If he sought peace and enlightenment in his songs, he seemsto explore darkness and mystery in his drawings. Dark creatures and hauntinglandscapes of another, primordial and marvelous world, which constituted Tagore’sworks puzzle and delight the world. With the passage of time, critics and art lovershave been discovering in these outpourings from the depths of his fanciful mind amore modern and disquieting Tagore than they see elsewhere.In his life, he embodied the quintessence of Indian culture, combining an abundantintellect with a devout passion to his cause, and his inspirational compositions havestood the passage of time. Tagore’s contribution to the art of India remains one ofthe most important till date.