Tagore Was Inspired by Sikhi After Listening to Kirtan At Sri Darbar Sahib in 1873

The Bengali Poet Rabindranath Tagore was inspired by Sikhism so much that he took upon himself to translate a number of Sikh manuscripts and wrote dozens of poems on Sikh history.

A particular incident inspired him to love the Sikh religion which took place in 1873 when he visited Sri Darbar Sahib with his father. The kirtan touched his heart so much that he studied Sikhism in detail and became inspired by Gurbani and Sikh history.

Some of the poems he wrote were “Veer Guru” and “The Last Lesson.” A composition he wrote on Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was “Bandi Veer” and his work on Bhai Taru Singh was high acclaimed as it detailed the supreme sacrifice.

When Tagore was just 21 years old he wrote the Sakhi of Sacha Sauda in the Bengali children’s magazine called ‘Balak.’

Tagore also translated Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s bani “Aarti” in Bengali. After Lal Bihari Singh translated Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in Bengali in 1899, Tagore read and became familiar with Gurbani.

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