Rabindranath Tagore In Lahore

Qasim Khan Lahore

Tagore visited Lahore in 1934 and stayed with Lala Dhani Ram Bhalla, the proprietor of Bhalla Shoe Co.


[Photo Left] Tagore at Lala Dhani Ram Bhalla's place in Lahore at his Nawaan Kot mansion. 

From left, first row standing: Balraj Bhalla, Yodh Raj Bhalla and two unidentified persons. 

Seated: Tagore and Mahatma Hans Raj Bhalla. 

Front row from right: Khushal Chand (the founder of newspaper Daily Milap, Lahore), Ranbir Singh (a revolutionary/freedom fighter, editor the Daily Milap), Lala Dhani Ram Bhalla and Harikishan Bhalla. The boy sitting is unidentified too.

[Photo Right] Portrait of Tagore - Photo taken by Niranjan Singh Nakodari in Lahore


Tagore and Punjab:

The towering literary figure that ran parallel to the national struggle for freedom was undoubtedly that of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. He was revered and knighted by the British imperialists. But the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919, proved to be a turning point in his life. On May 30, 1919, he returned his knighthood in the poignantly penned letter to Viceroy Lord Chelmsford. The sentiments expressed in the letter went straight to the hearts of all self-respecting Indians, and the Punjabis at once accepted him as their very own. Tagore wrote in the historical letter: "The time has come when badges of honour make our shame glaring in the incongruous context of humiliation, and I, for my part, wish to stand, shorn, of all special distinctions, by the side of those of my countrymen who, for their so-called insignificance, are liable to suffer degradation not fit for human beings."