The enormous house, sprawling across 35000 square metres, is now mainly a museum. Jorasanko is a must-visit for Kolkatans and visitors to the City of Joy for its’ aesthetic and rich ambience, say Coordinators
There’s an ambience of magic at Jorasanko Thakurbari; an odd pleasure of being in the room where Tagore was born… to stand in the room where he breathed his last is an experience in itself. Jorasanko, situated in the heart of central Kolkata was the house where he was born and where he passed away, and also spent the better half of his life. It is the house where most of his family members, including Abanindranath spent hours. The house was the nerve centre of Bengali literature and culture for a long period of time even after Tagore’s death.
Jorasanko Thakurbari is eminent for its majestic structure and solemn gravity and is acknowledged as a heritage structure. It was built in the 18th century on the land donated by the famed Seth family. Jorasanko is located in the north of Kolkata and is the ancestral home of the Tagore family. It is currently located on the Rabindra Bharati University campus at 6/4 Dwarakanath Tagore Lane, Jorasanko, Kolkata 700007.
This is the house in which the poet and first non-European Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore was born in 1861. Apart from the fact that cultural icons of the reputed Tagore family being its residents but also legendary personalities of the contemporary period like Sister Nivedita, AJC Bose, Narendranath Dutta, and Brojendra Nath Sil who would assemble there at the get-togethers.
A visitor today will get to see the kitchen where Mrinalini Devi, Tagore’s wife would cook or the paint brushes Abanindranath Tagore used for his paintings. A number of paintings by Tagore are also on display and leave the visitors in awe as they marvel at the multi-faceted personality of Gurudev.
The three galleries dedicated to Tagore, his family and the Bengali renaissance contain paintings and letters that are of great historical importance. Bichitra is the huge hall where Tagore himself performed in several dramas including the first staging of Dakghar.
The performance on the second day was remarkable as Jorasanko saw the presence of Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Madan Mohan Malabya and C F Andrews. At Thakurbari, history comes alive as you stare in awe at the chair where Tagore would sit and write. Kabi Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore wrote countless short stories, novels, poems, plays and songs.
This building had gradually transformed into a cradle where most of the talented brains were nurtured. Jorasanko Thakur Bari was once the centre of aesthetic growth and the knowledge of the very fact seems ephemeral, because these days people are least bothered about culture. Many of us claim to be great lovers of Tagore’s poems and fans of Rabindrasangeet but are completely ignorant about his works.
There is so much we can know about Tagore and his life. We can visit Jorasanko Thakur Bari and experience it as a cultural live centre. The museum preserves with great love and care many of his personal belongings and items very which influenced Kabi guru’s life.
One can feel the warm sensation flow through one’s being and even sense his soul inside. It seems to be encouraging one to profoundly discover every item on display and that utters “Purano shei diner katha”.
His eternal presence somewhere in some form draws visitors from every corner of the globe. His arms stretched out to welcome and the ever-enchanting smile on his face spells an inexplicable calm.
His ties with China, Russia and Japan have showcased a sphere of great interest at Jorasanko. The enormous house, sprawling across 35000 square metres, is now mainly a museum. Jorasanko is definitely a must visit for all Kolkatans and visitors to the City of Joy.
“I leave no trace in the air, but I am glad I have had my flight” adorn the walls and add sweetness to one’s memories of Tagore’s birthplace.
shinjini mukherjee, Class XI, St. Thomas’ Girls School
hrishita chatterjee, Class X St. Teresa’s Secondary School
alimita sarkar, Class VIII, Gokhale Memorial Girls School
moumita roy, Class IX, Shri Shikshayatan School