New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore or Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is being celebrated across the country on Thursday. The day is a bank holiday in Kolkata, his birthplace. Tagore is regarded as one of the finest authors, painter, and poet in the world till date. His works range from short stories to national anthem. He was the first Asian to win a Nobel Prize. On his birth anniversary, here's a look at lesser-known facts about Gurudev on his birth anniversary.

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1. Apart from 'Jana Gana Mana', Tagore has also wrote the national anthem for Bangladesh (Amar Sonar Bangla) and Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Matha).

2. Rabindranath Tagore used his Nobel Prize money to construct a school.

3. Strange colour schemes and off-beat aesthetics in his paitings made people relise that he was red-green blind.

4. Tagore was the youngest of 14 children to parents Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.

5. Tagore's Nobel Prize medal was stole in a theft at shantiniketan in 2004. As a replacement, the Swedish Academy offered two replicas.

6. Albert Einstein had once invited Rabindranath Tagore at his home. The duo discussed religion and science.

7. In 1915, King George V of England knighted Rabindranath Tagore for his contribution in the field of Literature. But he gave up the title following Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

8. Tagore is credited with calling Gandhiji Mahatma for the first time.

9. In his later years, he suffered from pain, sickness and even suffered coma in 1937, as per quora.com

10. Rabindranath Tagore passed on August 7, 1941 at the age of 80 but his legacy will live forever.

11. Among his fifty-odd volumes of poetry are Yogayug, Dakghar, Gitanjali, Manasi, Gora, among others.

12. His literary works were translated into other languages and found acceptance in the Western world.

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