Visit to Thakurbari at Jorasanko, Kolkata, West Bengal

Thakurbari at Jorasanko, north of Kolkata is the ancestral house of Tagores. It is named after Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore. Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was born in Thakurbari at Jorasanko. Incidentally he breathed his last too in this same house. Both the rooms are preserved very well, and the cot too preserved in the same fashion. Tagore spent half of his long life here.

In 1913, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the first Asian ever to win this prize.

Thakurbari at Jorasanko now Museum

There was a minimal entrance fees. We had to deposit our cameras at a counter at the entrance, as photography of rooms inside the house is strictly prohibited. The mansion was procured by state government in 1961 and converted in to a museum.

Thakurbari at Jorasanko

Some of the rooms and kitchen are displayed in their original form. And some of the rooms display his paintings. Most noteworthy are the 40 original paintings of Rabindranath Tagore on display here. I felt it was a great privilege for me to see them in real. The collection of over 3000 rare photos in display here is mind blowing.

It is also associated with memory of other distinguished members of the family, like Abanindranath and Satyendranath. They played leading parting the resurgent cultural life of Bengal in 19th century. Thakur Bari as it is popularly known, became the nerve center of Bengal’s cultural life and continued to function as such for well over a century.

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Rabindra Bharti University

The buildings adjacent to the museum serve as classrooms for Rabindra Bharti University. Rabindra Bharati University organizes regular cultural programs on the poet’s birthday, Panchise Baisakh (25th day of Baisakh month in lunar calendar), and on other occasions, such as his death anniversary, Baishe Shravan. It also organizes a festival of arts, Aban Mela, when thousands flock to Jorasanko Thakur Bari.

The stage where Rabindranath Tagore first performed as a child.

Rabindra Bharati Museum Timing and Tickets

Entry fee: Rs 10/-

The museum is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. Students from Schools, Colleges and other Educational Institutions are charged a fee of Rs. 5/- Per head, when they book in advance in block.

This museum is an ideal destination for art and literature lovers.

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56 Responses to “Visit to Thakurbari at Jorasanko, Kolkata, West Bengal

  • Its great to see that the memories of Tagore are being preserved with love and care…up north this isn't the case as the condition of Mirza Ghalib's house is far from good.

  • It's an interesting and beautiful place with interesting story inside.

  • I have fond memories of my visit! Nice to reminisce

  • looks like a fine place!

  • Wonderful, interesting post for the day, Indrani! I have been an admirer of Tagore for some time and it's great to learn more about him. Have a great week!!

  • This looks like a fascinating place to visit, even if you couldn't take photos inside the rooms. It's wonderful that so many cultural events are put on here.

  • Beautiful architecture!

  • What a beautiful building and shots.

  • very interesting and informative.

  • Very informative post.

  • That place is fantastic, love it.

  • I was introduced to Tagore's works only recently by a very good friend and fell in love with them immediately. I would definitely visit this house.

  • Wow! it is his house? Someday I want to visit.

  • very well preserved building.
    really pity we couldn't see more because of strict rules.

  • Very interesting! I would love to visit India some day.

  • happy to see the well preserved relics. I respect Tagore, his works instills spirituality in me. Thus, it makes me even happier. 🙂

  • Great shots of an interesting place.

  • That's an amazing house – it's a shame photography isn't allowed inside.

  • Quite an amazing place.

  • What a noble face he has! I read that he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. That is wonderful. Thank you for drawing our attention to this remarkable man, whose quotations are frequently used on Christmas cards.
    Happy week.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  • The outside of the mansion is so intriguing and makes me want to go in to check the place out. How sad you were not allowed to take photos of the inside.

  • Wonderful place to visit and cherish about it. Neatly maintained! I ever heard about his place… thanks for introducing. You got some excellent shot from his birth place.

  • I wonder what it would be like to walk into that orange building every morning? A very strong color.

  • Was traveling for the last 3 weeks, just got down to catching up with blogs.. these are such lovely pics of the house Indrani… makes Bengal come to life in my mind….

  • This is one of your best post. The narrations are lively, faultless and compels one to read upto the end. People like us who visited this place on many occasions lit up many sweet memories. Thank you for this write up.

  • Seeing this house gives me goosebumps. Ravindranath used to reside in this house. In his childhood he will look out of window and watch people pass by on summer noons. Of course Kolkata was much sparsely populated those days.

  • very nice and informative post 🙂

  • Photography is prohibited. Still you managed to get one or two. 🙂
    Nice informative post. Thank You.

  • Happy to see a post on my favorite poet. It is a relief that the memories are preserved efficiently.

  • How do you react to places that do not allow camera? But wherever they allowed camera, you recorded it for us!

  • I think it is ridiculous not allowing photography.

    Thank you so much for the comments friends. 🙂

  • The house of the legend that is Tagore. I could feel different kind of vibes in each and every room out there last December.

  • wow this is something amazing!!

  • Great. I will probably check this out this November

  • Great pics Indrani…been there so many times… 🙂 memories rejuvenated …

  • Will visit this place on my next Kolkata trip

  • Woah that place is strict about no photos! I have never head of a place confiscating cameras before you enter. What field did Tagore win a noble(s) prize in?

    • Indrani Ghose
      1 year ago

      He won it for literature in 1913. I have now added that info to the post.

  • I know very little of Tagore, and so it would be interesting to visit such a well preserved piece of history. The rare photos would be wonderful, almost making up for not being able to take your own! Have to respect a museum that wants you to experience and not exploit.

  • Really enjoyable post and great to know it is open to the public. Unfortunate that they are so strict about cameras though, thankfully you did manage to capture some very nice shots. Keep up the good work

  • I’ve never heard of Rabindranath Tagore, not even considering he’s been a Nobel prize winner. I’m curious about his works, probably I’ll give the a try, but not the poetry ones!

  • Khoob hi fatafati post. Reading about the great man in such detail is really awesome. I am planning an article on Shantiniketan and all the madness associated with it.

    • Indrani Ghose
      1 year ago

      Lekho lekho… duniya ke dekhao… ooporer comment podechho… she neki Rabindranath Thakurer kotha jeebone shonenei 🙁

  • I´ve never been to India, but it´s certainly on my travel bucket-list. Really an interesting post. It´s so amazing to visit places like this with so much history and to get to know the places where Tagore used to live and create.

  • Once again, I’m reminded how little I know about the Indian subcontinent. Never even heard of Rabindranath Tagore either. Hopefully his will change in 2017!

  • This is a lovely place that I have missed on my visits to Kolkata. I hope to make amends next time I am in those parts. It must be a lovely experience to walk the same earth that would have once echoed to the footsteps of the master Rabindranath Tagore.

  • I really must plan to visit India soon. I have read many interesting stories and places not to mention the stunning photography.

  • Lovely post on this part of India. It is such a big place so it’s nice to read about it via blogs for places you may not end up visiting.

  • I’ve never been to India but I enjoy reading about the country’s culture and history. This is the first time I’ve heard of Rabindranath Tagore and I’ll definitely do a bit more research about him. Thanks for this interesting article – it’s a shame you weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the museum!

  • I would love to visit this museum. In my country, one of our biggest writers went to India in his youth and staid with a local family. The girl in the family, who later became a writer herself, used to have Tagore as her professor. When he returned, he wrote one of his best booked, a masterpiece in our literature. Your post reminded me of that book, Maytrei.

  • Every post and information on history and culture of Kolkatta intrigue us. Kolkatta has long been on our wishlist. We would love to visit Thakurbari at Jorasanko the birthplace of the wonderful poet.

  • I haven’t been to India, but the museum (from the outside) looks amazing! Kind of disappointed that you were asked to leave your cameras. I would’ve loved to see more of whats inside.

  • This is of course an epic place. But good to see that t has been mainained well. I have seen many such conic places fall apart in other places. But yes, Bengal is expected to preserve the legacy of Tagore if no one else.

  • Loving all the colorful accents of the city. Looks like a unique place to visit even if just for a dose of history and culture!

  • Im not familiar with the place. Is this in India? Sri Lanka?
    The place looks quite good and full of history which I like by the way

    • Indrani Ghose
      1 year ago

      This is in India dear Lee Rosales. 🙂 Glad you like it.

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