The film examines Tagore’s (1861-1941) genius and his contribution in arts, music, literature, philosophy and education and his impact on world leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and prolific thinkers such as Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell.
The film highlights the recognition of the poet as a world teacher by the United Nations and UNESCO in 2010; and “guru for all mankind” in a celebration in Paris, paying tribute to him as an educator and a humanist. Rabindranath established Vishwa Bharati, an international university at Shantiniketan, West Bengal where European and Asian professors taught and students came from around the world to study.
The film notes that Rabindranath famously never reconciled to the fact that World War I started after he was awarded the Nobel Prize. The messenger of peace lectured in over 30 countries preaching harmony and peace for the next 25 years. And yet when World War II loomed large, the poet was beside himself with grief. He begged earnestly but in vain to poet Noguchi in Japan and to President Roosevelt for peace. The poet breathed his last in August, 1941.