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Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for Gitanjali, a collection of poems, which W.B. Yeats introduced to the West as a masterpiece of a great poet. A versatile genius, Tagore was equally proficient in verse, prose, music and painting. He was a pioneering educationist and founded Shantiniketan in1901, which later became Visva-Bharati University. Among his other major works are Gora, The Crescent Moon, Dak Ghar and Chitra. He wrote mainly in Bengali, and also translated his own works into English.