Today is the birthday of Rabindranath Tagore - the first Hindu Nobel Laureate.
Tagore's native state in India, West Bengal is celebrating the 152nd birth anniversary of Tagore with customary grandeur. In the Hindu Calendar followed by the Bengali people in both India and Bangladesh, the day is no less than any religious festival. Known as 'Panchishe Baishakh,' Tagore's birthday is a bona fide holiday in the State.
To mark the occasion, the West Bengal Government has organized a number of cultural events where major exponents of music, dance, drama, poetry and literature will converge and perform shows based on Tagore's works.
Joining them will be many a Bangla music band that have modernized Tagore songs to make them more appealing to the Gen Y crowd.
Tagore's university at Shantinekatan, the Visva-Bharati will celebrate their 'Gurudev's birthday with traditional rituals and offerings to pay homage to the legendary literary figure of Bengal.
On this occasion, read some of his thoughts on god and religion taken from his various works.
See also: The Mysticism of Tagore