Inspirations

Rabindranath Tagore: A Humanitarian of Undying Legacy

Rabindranath Tagore: A Humanitarian of Undying Legacy

May 9th, 2019

There are very few creators, who have left an indelible mark in the pages of global history and Rabindranath Tagore is surely one of them. Poet, painter, writer, composer – the list of epithets describing this genius is a long one.

This 9th of May, we celebrate the 158th birth anniversary of Tagore. Thanks to the sheer human appeal of his stories, many of them have been adapted by numerous famed directors into films. This year, let’s take a moment and look back at some of them:


Teen Kanya by Satyajit Ray

Women-centric stories are one of the defining features of Tagore’s works. World famous director, Satyajit Ray adapted three of his stories, namely – ‘Postmaster’, ‘Samapti’ and ‘Monihara’ into a film with three parts – Teen Kanya in 1961, in commemoration of his birth anniversary. Every year, this film is aired till date, in some of the national television channels.

Rabindranath Tagore: A Humanitarian of Undying Legacy

Kabuliwala by Tapan Sinha

Another ace director, Tapan Sinha, adapted and immortalized Tagore’s Kabuliwala on celluloid. The story revolves around an Afghan condiment seller who forms a bond with a little girl and what happens when he is taken away for a considerable length of time. Released in 1957, it is considered to be one of the most iconic films of Bengali cinema.

Rabindranath Tagore: A Humanitarian of Undying Legacy

Charulata by Satyajit Ray

Rabindranath Tagore had a profound influence on Satyajit Ray and hence Ray adapted many of his short stories into films. One of his most well-revered adaptations is Charulata (1964), taken from Tagore’s Noshtoneer, which is based on the story of bored house-wife.

Rabindranath Tagore: A Humanitarian of Undying Legacy

Chokher Bali by Rituparno Ghosh

This is an adaption of Tagore’s novel ‘Chokher Bali’ which traces the life of a widow. This film released in 2003, garnered much attention in the Bengali film industry.

Rabindranath Tagore: A Humanitarian of Undying Legacy

Chaturanga by Suman Mukhopadhyay

Chaturanga(2008) focuses on the life of man and two women, against the backdrop of a rather disturbed state of colonial Bengal. With a star cast, this film too created ripples.

Rabindranath Tagore: A Humanitarian of Undying Legacy

How many of these iconic adaptations have you seen? If you have missed out on some of them, make sure you catch them, this Rabindra Jayanti.