Biography from his early childhood onwards
?The steps that I heard in my childhoods play
their music resounds in all the music of this world. 1
Rabindranath Tagore was born on the 7th May 1861. The Tagore´s of Calcutta were famous for their culture and independence. Rabindranath was
the 14th child of his father Debendranath and mother Sarada Devi. Perhaps in no family would the 14th child be particularly welcome and much less so in a family, where all the elder brothers and sisters and their families live together in one joint household. His saint like father was distinguished for his pursuit of religious and spiritual truth.
He was popularly known as Maharshi, meaning saint. In 1843 he converted to Brahmism. Influence of his father was abiding in the poets life. Rabindranath wrote in his life history about his childhood with a beautiful compliment.
Rabindranath was a healthy and a fair baby, but perhaps not as fair as some of his elder brothers and sisters. His eldest sister Saudamini used to remark that, ? My Rabi may be dark and not so fair, but he will outshine all the others.?*
Back from school at 4: 30 in the evening, he had to take one hours practise in gymnastic. Our food had nothing to do with delicacies, we were not allowed to were socks or shoes till we had past our 10th year. Thou the family had reputation of aristocratic way of life, the children were brought up more or less in austerity. Bibliography Kripalini, Krishna : TAGORE A Life . He described it later I realized why rhyme is so needful in poetry 3. But when the child found that his elder brother and nephew were going to school in a carriage, he started crying for the same privilege. The first school he admitted was known as the oriental seminary. Although he did not get enough parents company and maternal care, his education was not neglected. Years later, when he recalled his childhood, there was no trace of self pity, rather he congratulated himself having being spared the dangerous luxury of being patted and spoiled by parental solitude. Sarada Devi, was mistress of this huge household, but suffered always from chronic illness and so she was unable to give proper attention to young Rabindranath. And then the teacher of Biology came. Servants were used to look for him and he would remain confined to a room and gazed on the pond under the window, a large banyan tree, at the eastern bank near the wall and the coconut groove on the south. But a day will come, when you will cry more bitterly to be out of it.