May 7th, 2015
Episode 457 of 527 episodes
Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. He has been called one of the outstanding thinkers of the 20th century and the greatest poet India has ever produced. A key figure in Indian nationalism, Tagore became a friend of Gandhi, offering criticism as well as support. A polymath and progressive, Tagore wrote plays, novels, short stories and many songs. The national anthems of India and Bangladesh are based on his poems. Melvyn Bragg is joined by Chandrika Kaul, Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St Andrews; Bashabi Fraser, Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University and John Stevens, Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow at SOAS, University of London.