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Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941), sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath. As a poet, novelist, musician, and playwright, he reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

As author of Gitanjali and its «profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse», being the first non-European to win the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore was perhaps the most important literary figure of Bengali literature and a mesmerising representative of the Indian culture whose influence and popularity internationally perhaps could only be compared to that of Gandhi whom Tagore named «Mahatma» out of his deep admiration for him. May 7, 2011 was celebrated 150 anniversary of the birth of Rabindranath Tagore.

August 7 this year will mark the 70th anniversary of the death of this great poet and philosopher. On February-March 2010 in Odessa Roerich House Museum was introduced Photo Exhibition by Yekaterina Kozhukhovskaya «Art Associations with Rabindranath Tagore’s Poetic Miniatures». One of Eastern art principles states: man is a part of nature, and a picture of nature is a reflection of man’s inner world. Contemplation of beauty wakens great sense of compassion and love. Rabindranath Tagore’s poetic miniatures deeply depict the states of nature and soul that last for just slightest seconds. Epigraph exhibition were the words of the outstanding Indian philosopher: «This world is a world of wild storms which tamed through music of beauty» (Rabindranath Tagore). The cognizing the essence of things via beauty and harmony of the Divine, which are reflected in nature – this theme has always been central to Tagore and was the inspiration for the author’s project by photo artist Yekaterina Kozhukhovskaya.

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We must act and dare the appropiateness and not whatever comes to our mind not floating in the likelihood but grasp the reality as brave as we can be freedom lies in action not in the absence of mind obedience knows the essence of good and satisfies it, freedom dares to act and returns God the ultimate judgment of what is right and what is wrong, Obedience performs blindly but Freedom is wide awake Freedom wants to know why, Obedience has its hands tied, Freedom is inventive obedient man respects God’s commands and by virtu of his Freedom, he creats new commands. Both Obedience and Freedom come true in responsability (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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