ONE of India’s most celebrated writers will be the subject of a talk at Swindon’s Central Library today.

The talk on the life and works of Rabindranath Tagore, who lived from 1861 tp 1941 starts at 4.15pm in the Second Floor Reading Room and forms part of the Learning About Authors At Central series, which has been organised by Swindon Council’s Library Service in partnership with South Asian Performing Arts Centre.

Tagore was primarily known as a poet, but he also wrote in all genres, including novels, short-stories, dramas and travel diaries.

He was also a gifted painter and writer of songs for which he composed his own music.

Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 and was acquainted with Gandi, WB Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Robert Frost and Albert Einstein.

He was described as a unique, diverse character and is considered to be one of the world’s first 20th century global men.

As well as learning about Tagore’s life there will also be readings of his poetry and performances of his songs and music.

Tickets are available from all Swindon Council libraries and cost £2.50 or £1.50 for library members.

For further information, contact Colin Curtis, the Central Library Events Officer, on 01793 463792.