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President pays tribute to Tagore

books Updated: May 09, 2013 14:58 IST

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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.