Also known as ‘Jorasanko Thakurbari’, the ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore has now been turned into a museum, which dedicated to his life and works. Spread on an area of 35000 square m, it was constructed in the year 1785. House turned museum, it was inaugurated on 8th May 1962 (Tagore’s birth centenary) by Jawaharlal Nehru. The museum complex also has Maharishi Bhawan, named after Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, father of this Nobel Laureate. He breathed his last here only 7th Aug 1941.
Tagore’s house museum has 3 galleries- dedicated to Tagore, his family members, and the Bengal Renaissance. The visitors can see photographs of Tagore family members, life-size portraits of the poet and his journey as a poet philosopher.
Visitors can also see works of other distinguished members of his family such as Jyotirindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, and Dinendranath Tagore. There also are precious clippings of Tagore, along with a few paintings and picture of him with this family. Rabindra Bharti Museum also has on display gifts received by him on several events.
There is another section with old musical records. Visitors can also find information as well as possessions of eminent personalities of the 19th century and 20th century, belonging to the field of Literature.
In total, there is a collection of 53 pieces of furniture, 770 journals, 2071 books, 16 paintings, 27 crafts and sculptures, 53 pieces of furniture, 3297 photographs, 27 crafts and sculptures, along with 208 personal belongings.
History of Jorasanko Thakur Bari and Formation of the museum
The ancestral home the Tagore family, Jorashanko Thakurbari was constructed during the 18th century by Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, his grandfather. He was born here only. The house got its name after the twin Shiva temple located nearby.
In 1961, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray, the then CM of West Bengal legally acquired the house and tit same under the Government’s care. It was then turned into a museum and opened for public in May, 1961. There are a number of buildings in the museum complex.
This 217- year old building is a part of the Rabindra Bharati University, founded in 1962, for teaching advanced studies in different disciplines of Humanities and Performing Arts. Around 40 original paintings of Rabindranath Tagore were attained by the Government of West Bengal from his son Rathindranath Tagore. Some photographs were permanently loaned from the National Library.
Light and Sound Show at Rabindra Bharti Museum
A light and sound show is a major attraction of the museum. The first half of the show is a depiction of the tale of the coming of the Tagore family to this house, followed by their role in Bengal renaissance. In the last part, the life of the great poet is showcased.
Celebrations at Rabindra Bharti Museum
Every year, there are grand festivities on Poila Baisakh, 25th Baishakh- the birthday of Rabindranath Tagore), 22nd Sravana – his death anniversary, and birth anniversaries of other popular poets.
Near Girish Park on Chittaranjan Avenue
INR 10 (Indian)
INR 50 (Foreigner)
INR 5/25 (Student)
10.30 AM- 05:00 PM (Tuesday – Sunday: last entry is at 04.30 PM) (Closed on Monday)