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Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was one of India’s most versatile artists. During his life, he was active as a poet, novelist and playwright and furthermore he practised painting, created music and philosophised. He even wrote the national anthems for India and Bangladesh, and he also has been an inspiration for the one of Sri Lanka. Eventually, his hard work was rewarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He was the first Indian to win this award.
Tagore was also socially committed. He has always acted as a bridge between East and West, he established a school that later became the Visva Bharati University and he wrote multiple pedagogical treatises. As a politician, he was part of the Bengali Renaissance and he also strongly supported the Indian independence movement.
The bronze statue of Tagore in the Erasmus garden in Leuven was inaugurated on May 7, 2015 by the Ambassador of India to Belgium, H.E. Mr. Manjeev Singh Pur. It was placed there on the occasion of Tagore’s 154th birthday. It’s the first bust of the famous Indian artist installed in Belgium.