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A visit to Jorasanko ThakurBari

DSC05670Jorasanko Thakur Bari (জোড়াসাঁকো ঠাকুর বাড়ী) is the ancestral house of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in Jorasanko, north of Kolkata, West Bengal, India- popularly known as Jorasanko Thakur Bari. This ancestral house of Thakurs  (anglicised to Tagore) is now  a museum dedicated to the life and works of the Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore. This palatial building was built in the 18th Century by his Grand father Prince Dwarkanath Tagore. It is the house in which the great poet Rabindranath Tagore was born. He spent most of his childhood here and also died on 7 August 1941 in this house.DSC05676Rabindra Bharati University, started from this house and was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru then PM of India, on Tagore’s birth Centenary, 8th May 1962. But now the University has been shifted to a new Campus on BT Road. The “Maharshi Bhawan” named after poet’s father Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, is now a museum (Rabindra Bharati Museum) that has galleries dedicated to Tagore, members of the family and the Bengal Renaissance. The Galleries provide glimpses of intimate family photographs, portraits and Tagore’s evolution as a poet & philosopher.DSC05671Visitors will be impressed to see that the house has been restored and well maintained to reflect the way the household looked when the Tagore family lived in it.The sprawling rooms, corridors reminds the days of Tagore’s childhood and the evolution days of becoming poet. While walking the corridors one can feel that Tagore walked the same corridors, may be while thinking of his compositions. There is a room where poet used to write. His sister-in-law Kadambari Devi, was his inspirations. She used to inspire him to  write. In that room there is a photograph of Kadambari Devi and mentioned as his inspiring Bouthan (বৌঠান) (Sister in law). (For details read “Tagore & Kadambari Devi”)DSC05661There is a Japanese & USA Galleries separately where poet’s photographs during his visits of Japan and USA have been displayed. Japanese room has been well decorated with colorful Japanese lanterns/ lights. The room is very neat & teady and well maintained. It is understood from the sign board there that the gallery is especially maintained by a Japanese company Mitsubishi Corporation.           DSC05674A visit to Jorasanko Thakur Bari is always an exhilarating experience. Apart from the heritage routine, every year Rabindra Bharati Museum of Kolkata celebrates Poila Baisakh, Pochishe Baishakh (birthday of Rabindranath Tagore), Baishe Sravana (the date of poets’ demise) and the birth anniversaries of other famous poets.

DSC05669One can reach the place by Metro ( Metro station “Girish Park” or “Mahatma Gandhi Road”) or by Car/Cab through Central Avenue or Rabindra Sarani. On the both roads there are beautiful Gates, written on it “Jorasanko ThakurBari”, standing to welcome the visitors. Thakur DalanThakur_Dalan surrounded by three sided inner balconies. Durga puja for the Tagore family used to be celebrated here till poet’s father, Maharshi Debenranath Tagore, religious reformer became active in Brahmo Samaj and became Brahmo.DSC05658The timings are 1000AM  to  0630PM except on Monday, being closed. Entry fee is Rs. 10.00 per visitor only and inside photography is strictly prohibited. You have to be happy with the outside photographs.

 
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Posted by on 23/06/2016 in History, Uncategorized

 

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