The bustling lanes of North Kolkata are no less than any treasure hunt. In every nook and corner there will be something or the other that will surprise you. Kolkata holds many faces, emotion and passion, and one will be overwhelmed with its experience and expressions. The city’s charm lies in its chaotic feel.
And as you walk down the street M.G Road a huge red concrete gate with Jorasanko Thakur Bari written will catch your attention. The house is of none other than Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral house.
Spread over more than 35000 sq mts, the house was built in the 18th century by Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore’s grandfather on the land given by the Sett family of Burrabazar. The house gets its name ‘Jorashanko’ as it was named after the twin Shankar (Shiva) temples located nearby.
Red happens to be the most prominent colour of this building with a combination of green and white, which enhances the look. As one walks down the vast and huge corridors, it’s like time travel. Art and culture lovers it’s a mecca – it will be your date with history.
As you step inside the complex, the whole place speaks of the grandness of the Tagore family. This house happens to be his birth place and not only that he breathe his last also here. There is a. inscription saying – “Rabindranath was born breathed his last here”.
The house now is the official building of the Rabindra Bharati University that was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru on Tagore’s birth centenary, 8 May 1962. The complex also sees the Maharishi Bhavan, named after the Tagore’s father, Maharishi Debendranath Tagore.
The place is storehouse of art, culture and literature. The museum has three galleries dedicated to Tagore and his family members. The museums sees some of the intimate family photographs, artworks along with those depicting Bengal Renaissance.
The green landscapes around the whole place gives it a different charm. The museum houses some 40 odd original paintings of Rabindranath acquired from Rathindranath Tagore, including a lot of photographs along with some 2071 books, 770 journals and more.
The complex also sees the old Tagore’s car on display. After the death of Rabindranath Tagore, the part of the house belonging to Gaganendranath Tagore and Abanindranath Tagore was purchased by a private party.
How to reach: Take a metro till Girish Park and from it’s ten minutes’ walk or you can take a hand pulled rickshaw
Location: It’s located near Girish Park on Chittaranjan Avenue
Museum ticket: Rs 10
Timings: 10 am to 4.30 pm ( Monday closed)
Phone: +91-33-22695242 | +91-33-22696610