Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a Bengali polymath who reshaped his region's literature and music. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; his seemingly mesmeric personality, flowing hair, and other-worldly dress earned him a prophet-like reputation in the West. Whilst his 'elegant prose and magical poetry" remains largely unknown outside of India, he was highly influential in introducing India's rich culture to the West and visa versa through sharing his love of art, literature, philosophy and even composing India's national anthem.
Tagore lived his truth through unbounded creative impression.
"Let us be men that dream, Not cowards, dabblers, waiters
For dead Time to reawaken and grant balm
For ills unnamed Great God, if we be damn’d to be not men but only dreams,
Then let us be such dreams the world shall tremble at
And know we be its rulers though but dreams."