Gitanjali: Collection of poems (song offerings) by Rabindranath Tagore
Gitanjali, the collection of poems (song offerings) by Rabindranath Tagore was released in 14 different languages at Kolkata by Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal on 8 August 2013.
• Gitanjali for the first time was published in 1913 and is a collection of 157 poems
• The English version of Gitanjali that is known as the Song Offerings is a collection of 103 English poems . These were self translated by Tagore and was published by the Indian Society of London. The English version contained translations of 53 poems from the original Bengali Gitanjali, as well as 50 other poems from Tagore's drama Achalayatan and eight other books of poetry 17 poems were taken from Gitimalya, 15 from Naivedya and 11 from Kheya.
• Gitanjali is composed from two words Git that means song and anjali that means offering, thus as a whole it means an offering of songs.
In 1913, Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, largely for the English Gitanjali.