(Last Updated on : 06/11/2015)
Jorasanko Thakurbari was constructed by the grandfather of Rabindranath Tagore, Dwarkanath Tagore in the18th century. Rabindranath Tagore
spent his entire childhood in this house and continued to stay there till he died in 7 August, 1941.
Naming of Jorasanko Thakurbari
Jorasanko Thakurbari received its name from the twin 'Shankar' or Shiva temples which are addressed as Jora Shankar existing in the vicinity of the Thakurbari. Early nineteenth century, saw the Jorasanko Thakurbari thriving in an affluent manner. As a centre of modern education, art and culture Jorasanko Thakurbari or Tagore House was a home to eminent personalities who played a major role in propagating the principles of Brahmo Samaj
and modern education. As such this house was regarded as one of the most important centres of social reform in Kolkata. Again this place witnessed the growth of the Bengali literature
Importance of Jorasanko Thakurbari
Jorasanko Thakurbari has been presently converted into a centre for Indian Classical Fine Arts which is affiliated to Rabindra Bharati University
. It also includes a museum which is known as Rabindra Bharati Museum that was established in the year 1961.With the splendid compilation of Tagore's creation, the Rabindra Bharati Museum is one of the major attractions of the tourists from home and abroad. It provides glimpses of the splendid creations and works of Abanindranath and Rabindranath. The museum has three galleries, where in the first gallery, the life and activities of Rabindranath Tagore is traced, the second gallery portrays the distinguished members of his family like
Museum of Jorasanko Thakurbari
Dwarkanath, Maharishi Debendranath Tagore
, Abanindranath Tagore
and the brothers and sisters of Rabindranth, the third is the depiction of the Bengal renaissance
and the contributions of the pioneers of the Tagore family. The Museum comprises of a valuable reserve of their original paintings, Tagore's photographs, books, tapes, disc, records, manuscripts and many other items that were associated with the eminent personalities of 19th century Bengal, like Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
and Dwarkanath Tagore.
A show is organized which is equally enjoyable; it is a light and sound which portrays the story of the Tagores to this house, the life of Tagore and their contributions to the Bengal renaissance. Tapes are played for the visitors that contain Rabindranath Tagore's recitations.
Interior of Museum of Jorasanko Thakurbari
The room where Rabindranath Tagore was born is open for the visitors. The Assembly Hall of Jorasanko Thakurbari in Kolkata
was an important hub for all religious gatherings.
Events of Jorasanko Thakurbari
Special events are organized here to celebrate Rabindranath's death anniversary and his birthdays are another piece of attraction for the visitors. Cultural programmes are held which are telecasted on television. Here the birth anniversaries of Tagore family members, such as, Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, Jyotirindranath, Abanindranath and Dinendranath are also celebrated with great enthusiasm.