President pays tribute to Tagore

New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday paid tribute to litterateur, composer and artist Rabindranath Tagore on the ocassion of his 152nd birth anniversary.

Mukherjee paid floral tributes in front of a portrait of Tagore at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, officials said.

The 1861-born Tagore holds the unique distinction of having authored the national anthems of two sovereign nations — India and Bangladesh.

The bard’s rich, diverse and vast literary output is virtually unmatched in the world. He was also a painter and composer par excellence.

In 1913, Tagore became the first Asian Nobel laureate and the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

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