Nearest Metro – Girish Park
Time taken to cover the area – 1.5hrs
One of the places to touch the hearts of Bengalis, the Jorasanko Thakurbari, was built by Bengal’s jewel Rabindranath Tagore’s grandfather, Dwarkanath Tagore. The ancestral home of the pride of Bengal and around whom Bengali culture revolves, it is now harbours Rabindra Bharati University around it.
This place is a delight, as it was for me, for any person who has listened to the tunes of the infamous Rabindranath Tagore or read his literature. The maintained campus, the lush green grass and red buildings evoked in me, in association with my Bengali roots, the cultural significance of north Calcutta and the preserved heritage because of which today we are able to experience, even if by a marginal extent, the serene atmosphere in which was born a great asset to literature and music.
Since photography is prohibited inside the museum, its better if you don’t try sneaking to click pictures because the guards are strict. We went around witnessing the rooms of Tagore’s family members, the place where the Nobel laureate was born along with other common spaces. Few of the rooms which interested me the most where those which contained facts and mementos from the Kaviguru’s visits to nations abroad like Japan, Germany and a few others. Even books in the native languages of those places are kept there which he collected and is quite an interesting way to embrace another race’s culture.
Many rare paintings of Tagore are displayed along with those of many others like Jamini Roy. Debendranath Tagore’s room is present in the top floor. We saw the place where he sat and meditated and pledged to give up on daily life and become a sanyasi. It was accompanied by an open balcony which overlooked the entire campus, and undoubtedly had a beautiful view.
The family chart of the Tagore lineage is also present at a part of the house. It has continued only till Rabindranath’s children and has portraits of all the members. The mother of the current Nawab of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan, Sharmila Tagore is the grand-niece of Rabindranath Tagore with whom the descendants of the Tagore family end.
On exiting, we sat for a while in front of the ‘uthon’ and enjoyed the calmness of the place, and of course clicked pictures.
The Tagore family had shifted to Shantiniketan after their initial years at the Thakurbari where Rabindranath Tagore breathed his last. What appals me the most is how things which would never strike a chord in our minds and would deem to us as simple objects were the very same out of which tales could be spun by the Kaviguru, those which have entrapped us with the beauty of it even after more than a century. To see his art or objects of fascination which inspired his compositions offers perhaps a millionth of part into the minds of such a great literary personage.
(Also, I’m very curious to see the tree whose apple fell on Newtown’s head and made Physics so vast)