Rabindranath Tagore house in kolkata | Jorasanko Thakurbari Museum
The Rabindranath Tagore house in kolkata
Jorasanko Thakurbari, the Rabindranath Tagore house in kolkata is one of the popular places in Kolkata. If you are planning to explorer Kolkata, then you should visit this place. The full guide is given bellow.
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Jorasanko Thakurbari Location
The Rabindranath Tagore house in kolkata is situated in the heart of the central Kolkata. Jorasanko Thakurbari is the red house of Girish Park on Chittaranjan Avenue. A little away from the intersection of Chitpur Road and Vivekananda Road. This house is two minutes’ walk able distance from Marble Palace (while you are here don’t forget to visit marble palace).
267, Rabindra Sarani, Jorasanko, Ganesh Talkies, Kolkata- 700007. The nearest metro station is Girish Park or Mahatma gandhi Road. The main entrance is on the Ganesh takies side.
Jorasanko Thakurbari History
Jorasanko Thakurbari, is the pride and pilgrimage of Kolkata. Now in the front section of the Thakurbari Rabindra Bharati University has been established.
Prince Dwarkanath built this house in the eighteenth century. It is said that, this house was built in the year 1785 AD on the land given by the ‘Sathparibar’ of Barabazar. The area is approximately 3500 square meters. The foundation of the house has been transformed into a museum. Here photography is prohibited inside the house premises. Photos can be taken from outside by Exchanging of 50 rupees.
The whole house’s atmosphere is preserved with wonderful devotion and affection. The moments of Rabindranath’s life are explained in the picture. This house surrounded by the memories and grace of loyal personalities of Bengali culture, there are many mementos and memories of the Tagore family. The room where the poet wrote the famous novel “Ghare Baire” it is still exist.
In the basement where the operation was done of his paranoia – the place also preserved with the help of the statue. They are also preserved in Thakur Bari’s Sutika house and a bathroom where Rabindranath and Debendranath were born, there is also Mrinalini Devi’s kitchen and many more.
Jorasanko Thakurbari Museum
Today the house became the headquarters of India’s first cultural university called Rabindra Bharati University. It was founded on the first birth centenary of the Rabindranath on 8th may 1961. After Rabindrantha’s death the Govt. has decided to declare Jorasanko Thakurbari as a national heritage monument. In recognition of Rabindranath contribution as a focal point of national tradition and culture. Now the building has been turned into a museum, named “Rabindra Bharati Museum” inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru on 8th may 1961.
Jorasako Thakur bari museum dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore, his family members and the Bengal Renaissance. Museum galleries provide close family photographs, life-size portraits and Tagore’s life cycle evolution’s, how he became the great poet or ‘Kavi guru’. kavi means “poet” and guru means “the guide(master)”.
The museum has three galleries.
- Gallery 1
Covers the life and activities of Rabindranath Tagore.
- Gallery 2
Covers the distinguished members of this family like Dwarkanath, Maharshi Debendranath, Abanindranath and brothers and sisters of Tagore.
- Gallery 3
Covers the story of the renaissance of nineteenth-century Bengal and the part played by distinguished pioneers in different fields.
The Jorasanko Thakurbari museum has a collection of 2071 books, 770 journals, 3297 photographs, 16 paintings, 27 crafts and sculptures, 208 personal usages things and 53 furniture collections, etc.
Rabindranath Tagore photographs
The West Bengal Government collect 40 original paintings of Rabindranath from Rabindranath’s son.Government also collect lots of photographs from the national library and all the pictures are stored in the museum. Now the museum is a learning center of Oriental and foreign education. The museum has a section that preserves two centuries old musical records.
It also contains the information of other great personalities of the 19th and 20th centuries, who are associated with Bengali and English literature. The museum also preserved work of other famous family members of the Tagore family like Abanindranath, Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, Jyotirindranath, Dinendranath Tagore.
The galleries also preserved the clippings of Rabindranath Tagore, the large number of pictures, paintings of him and the whole family. In the Rabindra Bharati Museum, the visitor can see the gifts, which is received by Rabindranath on different occasions.
The museum displayed 700 painting, manuscripts, books and other ancient items that attract the visitors. The Painting Brush of Abanindranath Tagore used for her paintings its preserved in the museum. There are several paintings of Tagore also in the exhibited in the entire this building. The visitor can also visit the kitchen, where Tagore’s wife Mrinalini Devi cooks.
- The Rabindra Bharati museum of Kolkata celebrates the birth anniversary called Rabindra jayanti of the Rabindranath Tagore on 25th Boishakh and and death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on 22th Sraban and they also celebrate other famous poets birthday and death anniversary.
- The best time to visit the museum is, when they celebrate the birthday of various poets, so that you can be part of the grand celebration.
Jorasanko Thakurbari Kolkata Opening Timings
- Tuesday to Sunday – 10.30 am to 5.00 pm
- Last ticket issued – 4.30 pm
- Monday closed
A Light and Sound show has been produced detailing the Bengal Renaissance in the 19th century and the history of the Tagore family. The script was prepared by Kumar Roy and lighting designed by Kanishka Sen.
Light and Sound Show Timings
- November to January
6:00 pm – 6:40 pm (Bengali)
7:00 pm – 7:40 pm (English)
- February to June
7:00 pm – 7:40 pm (Bengali)
8:00 pm – 8:40 pm (English)
- Monday closed
Jorasanko Thakur Bari Kolkata Entry Fees
- 10 rupees per person for Adults
- 5 rupees per person for Students
- 50 rupees per person for Foreign Tourists
- 10 rupees per person for Light & Sound show
- 50 rupees per camera for taking photography only outside of the house
Jorasanko Thakurbari Basanta Utsav 2019
In Jorasanko Thakurbari Basanta Utsav or Holi festival is celebrated by Student of Rabindra Bharati University. Holi festival celebrated yearly on the full moon day (দোল পূর্ণিমা) and it marked the beginning of the spring season.
Holi 2019 date is 20th March Wednesday and 21st March Thursday.
“Boshonto Utshob” is celebrated as Holi in Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. On the occasion of Jorasanko Basanta Utsav, students of the university played various cultural programs. They perform dance and song (Rabindra Sangeet and Rabindra Nritya) etc. It is a very special event for all Tagore lovers.
Rabindra Sangeet and basanta Utsav
Last year in Jorasanko Thakurbari, the program starts in the afternoon around 3 p.m. with the song “ওরে গৃহবাসী , খোল দ্বার খোল লাগলো যে দোল” (Ore Grthobashi, khol dwar khol lagloje Dol). Rabindranath composed songs for the season of spring, and with those songs the colourful programme continues. It ends with “রাঙিয়ে দিয়ে যাও , যাও গো এবার যাবার আগে …” (Rangziye diye jaao, jaao go ebarjaabar aage… ).
The students and the visitors mixed in groups and the party continues with more music. Groups are singing and dancing mixing with the wonderful background of Jorasanko Thakurbari. It’s a treat for Tagore lovers, music lovers and yes, also for the photographers.
Rabindra Sangeet and the performances and the entire Boshonto Utshob was like a dream combination for everyone. They also perform which is based on Indian classical Raaga’s and pure Indian classical instrumentals, they play – Dotara, khol, matka, Tabla with Sarod. Lots of children are participating in this occasion.
Basanta utsav songs
The student dancers gathered in a queue and dancing all around the fields where the singer was already sitting and singing. One after another the music and dance performances followed. ““নীল দিগন্তে , ও ফুলের আগুন লাগলো ”, “ওরে ভাই , ফাগুন লেগেছে বনে বনে”, “আজি দক্ষিণও দুয়ার খোলা ”, “ঝরো ঝরো ঝরো ঝরো ঝরে রঙের ঝর্ণা ”, “ওরা অকারণে এ চঞ্চল ..” (Nil Digante, oi phooler aagun laaglo”, “One bhai, phaagun legeche bon’e bon’e”, “Aaji Dokhin duwar khola”, “Jhoro jhoro jhoro jhoro jhore ronger jhorna”, “Ura okaron’e e chonchol).
They also play Indian classical music, pure instrumental performances with Dotara, khol, matka, flute, Tabla with Sarod , Nazrul geeti and one Shruti natok. It ended with “আজ খেলা ভাঙ্গার খেলা”(Aaj Khela bhaangar khela) and the delightful crowd exploded in celebrating each other’s greeting with colourful aabir(আবির).
Students smear colour powders on each other in the Jorasanko Thakurbari garden premises. Some crazy dances were not stopping their dance at the end of the Basanta Utsav their dance also goes. On this occasion, a huge number of student and outsider are gathered together.
Please Note –From February 2018, The Rabindra Bharati University has decided that they are not celebrate Basanta Utsav or Holi ffestival at the Jorasanko Thakurbari garden premises dew to huge crowed . They arrange the cultural program in their BT Road Rabindra Bharati University campus.
Rabindranath Tagore Achievements
Rabindranath Tagore was a pioneer Bengali poet, novelist, music creator, playwright, painter, short story writer, essayist, actor, vocalist and philosopher. He was regarded as the greatest literature of the Bengali language. Rabindranath was awarded the Kaviguru, Gurudev, Biswakavi. Rabindranath was written 52 books, 38 plays, 13 novels and 36 essays and other prose compositions, which were published in his lifetime and after his death. In the collection of “Galpo guchoo” and “Gitobitan” Rabindranath has includes 95 short stories and 1915 songs.
The published and unpublished writings of Rabindranath were published in the name of “Rabindra Rachanyabali” in 32 volumes. All the letters of Rabindranath, are published in the name of “Chithipotro” in 19 volumes and other writings were published in 4 other books. He also painted approx two thousand pictures. Rabindranath’s writing has been translated into various languages in the world. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, for the English translation of “Gitanjali”.
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