Rabindranath Tagore was born in May 1861 and died in August 1941. He was an Indian polymath, poet, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer, and painter. Contextual Modernism influenced Bengali literature, music, and Indian art during the 19th and early 20th centuries. His "profoundly sensitive, fresh, and beautiful" poetry earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. As a result, he is often called "the Bard of Bengal." He was also a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.