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.
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.
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.