In celebration of the great poet and artist, Rabindranath Tagore, and particularly today, his 154th birthday, let us reflect upon the great wisdom he could share with us:
Rabindranath Tagore published his first body of poems at the age of 16 and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, the first non-European in history. Throughout his life, through his travels and extensive translations of his writings, he influenced the minds and hearts of countless intellectuals, artists and writers.
In 1926, Tagore travelled to Hungary and stayed by the Lake Balaton. During his stay, he left a strong impression on the country’s artists and thinkers. Of these artists, painters Elizabeth Sass Brunner and her daughter, Elizabeth Brunner were inspired by his work:
“It was the great poet and artist, who drew her to India for, as she narrated, he had appeared to her in a dream when she was just 19 years old, and still living in her home in Hungary. She did not know who the person in her dream was: an old man with a white beard holding a candle, who spoke to her, saying “Take this light to every nook and corner of the world”, and then disappeared. But when she narrated the dream to her mother, Elizabeth Sass Brunner, also an artist, the mother told her that the person in her dream was none other than Rabindranath Tagore. In 1929, mother and daughter set off for India, wearing long dresses made of hand-woven cloth and nearly barefoot.”
Hanging in UPR’s Administrative Offices is the following portrait of Tagore done by a young Elizabeth Brunner in 1931: