Rare Photographs of Rabindranath Tagore

Dear Friends,

9 May 2013 marks the 152nd Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. As our humble tribute to the great poet, a set of rare photographs of Rabindranath Tagore has been published in the online forum of Overman Foundation. All these photographs—with the exception of the first snapshot (taken in Japan) and the last two taken at Pondicherry in 1928 in which Tagore is seen descending from the ship on his way to meet Sri Aurobindo—have been sent to us by Mr. Nilesh Nathwani. We take the opportunity to thank him for his generous gift.

With warm regards,
Anurag Banerjee

Overman Foundation.


Tagore with the Mother and Paul Richard

With the Mother and Paul Richard in Japan in June 1916.


Rabindranath Tagore during his tour of the West in 1921.


With Helen Keller in 1930.


With Albert Einstein in Caputh near Berlin on 24 August 1930.


Photograph of Rabindranath Tagore taken by S.P. Bhide on 25 December 1932.


With Jawaharlal Nehru in Santiniketan on 4 November 1936.


With his granddaughter and grandnephew in Santiniketan on 10 April 1934.


With Mahatma Gandhi in Santiniketan on 20 February 1940.


With Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi in Santiniketan on 20 February 1940.


With Sir Maurice Gwyer and Dr. S. Radhakrishnan at Sinha Sadan after the Oxford University Convocation on 7 August 1940.


Tagore in his bed in a railway compartment at Howrah Station (Kolkata) on 22 November 1940.


Tagore on his way to meet Sri Aurobindo (1)


Tagore on his way to meet Sri Aurobindo (2)




  1. May 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    ‘But the tender grace of a day that is dead, will never come back to me !’ Said a poet. Moments that stay locked in Time are beautifully revealed in these photograghs that are a rare treat of great souls that tread upon this earth. Coming to meet our Lord Sri Aurobindo was the last sacred pilgrimage of Sri Rabindranath Tagore. Great historic events. Great pleasure to see them. Thank you dear Anurag for this lovely presentation. Aditi Vasishtha

  2. Makasha said,

    May 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    What a delightful treat. My heart is filled with the grace that unfolding through our dear Tagore…The world is blessed by his presence here on our beloved mother Gaia..Makasha

  3. Dayanand said,

    May 9, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Momwntous times and momentous occasions and momentous events

  4. Bikash Rath said,

    May 9, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Feels like (as if) the peaceful memories of Santi Niketan refreshed.

  5. Dr.P.R.Reddy, Scientist ( Retd) said,

    May 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

    He has a rare grace with his flowing beard .As Ms.Aditi Vasishtha pointed out these photoes have taken us back to great historic moments.It is refreshing to see these photoes that remind us about those days that were bejewelled by the presence of enlightened souls.Thank you .

  6. Naba Krishna Muni, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Cell: +8801711-148-569 said,

    May 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Laho pronam, Gurudev. Time tested photographs – what a delightful treat. My heart is filled with grace and surrender. The world is blessed by the presence of two great souls of Bengal – Rabindranath and Sri Aurobindo. Jugol pronam 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. mahua said,

    May 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

    no words to thank you as you keep us connected to our self which just vanishes in mechanical world

  8. SUBRATA SEN said,

    May 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I am grateful for your rare presentations of those historical meets .
    We all are enriched by your untiring efforts.
    –Subrata Sen,Secretary, Sri Aurobindo’s Action West Bengal

  9. Dhanavanti said,

    May 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    My most revered personality in the field of Science, Albert Einstein, with eyes burning like a Rishi’s,
    My most revered personality in the field of Arts, poetry or painting, Tagore with the tender look,
    – it was indeed a treat to have them on my computer screen. They seemed so near, so near, palpably present.
    We have seen them both umpteen times, may be seen them together also in magazines etc.
    But to have this famous duet on my computer screen………this was something so different.
    And to tell you the truth, there is such a genuinely beautiful intention behind, which is felt and which makes
    all that you upload so beautiful, so meaningful …………Congrats Anurag. I do wish you from the deeps of my heart
    many a new adventure and the joy of discovery. Move on. Move on. Just move on.
    Loving regards


  10. Arundhati Chatterjee said,

    May 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Such rare photographs! Its a feast to the eyes and the heart! Thanks Anurag.

  11. Kailash Joshi said,

    May 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Anurag
    You have taken us to the brilliant Era of Arts, Science, Culture and the Values of Life.
    Thanks with warm regards ,
    Baroda .

  12. Srikant J. said,

    May 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    1) I have seen in Mrityunjoy-da’s collection two photograph of Tagore which are far more clear. – the one coming down from the ship in a pandal, was a very good close up too !
    2) It appears that on seeing Mother Tagore was completely taken aback and asked the Mother, ‘ Is it indeed you, Mirra Richard ?’ During those days, Yoga was going on at the vital level and Mother looked like a little girl of 16 !


  13. mrinmoy roy said,

    December 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

    amazed captivated and spellbound. feasts for the eyes.

  14. April 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Congrats Anurag, God always with u to do this sort of fantastic collections of great Personalities. Its awesome………….To see all at a stretch is impossible……. But u make it possible………..Thanks a lot with blessings of God…

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