One of India’s most celebrated writers will be the subject of a talk at Swindon’s Central Library on Saturday.
The life and works of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) starts at 4.15pm in the Second Floor Reading Room and forms part of the Learning About Authors at Central series, which has been organised by Swindon Borough Council’s Library Service in partnership with South Asian Performing Arts Centre (SAPAC).
Tagore was primarily known as a poet, but he also wrote successfully in all genres including novels, short-stories, dramas and travel diaries as well as being a gifted painter and writer of songs for which he composed his own music.
Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 and was well acquainted with the likes of Gandi, W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Robert Frost and Albert Einstein. He was described as a unique, diverse character and is considered to be one of the world’s first 20th Century global men.
As well as learning about Tagore’s life there will also be readings of his poetry and performances of his songs and music.
Tickets are available at Central Libary at £1.50 (£2.50 for non-library members).