Poetry: Padmaja Iyengar Paddy (Tagore Special)

Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy


(09 May, 1861 - 07 August, 1941)


Rabindranath Tagore known as ’Gurudev’,
To an ever-grateful Indian nation he gave,
An evocative National Anthem so patriotic,
Sublime, enlightening, aesthetic and poetic!
The first ever Indian to win a Nobel prize,
For Gitaanjali that touched literary highs,
Gurudev’ was a master of many fine arts,
His music and painting won many hearts.
He founded the Viswa Bharati University,
At Santi Niketan, that promoted diversity.
Satyajit Ray and Amartya Sen are its alumni,
Though lately, it has earned some calumny.
As a proud Indian, this is my humble homage
To ‘Gurudev’, multi-faceted beyond compare.


BIO: Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy, formerly a senior banker and an urban governance consultant, is currently President, Connecting Across Borders (CAB), and Vice President of Poetry India International. Her maiden poetry collection ‘P-EN-CHANTS’ has been recognized as a Unique Record of Excellence by the India Book of Records. Her poetry collection “P-EN-CHANTS…Again” has recently been published. A recipient of several awards for her poems and short stories, Paddy has compiled and edited 6 international multilingual poetry anthologies of which ‘Amaravati Poetic Prism’ 2016 to 2019 have been recognized by the Limca Book of Records (Published by Coca Cola India) as “Poetry Anthology in Most Languages” besides “WWW-Women, Wit & Wisdom”, an international multilingual poetry anthology of women poets. Since 2019, Paddy is the Guest Editor for SETU’s Women’s Special Edition for the month of March.

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