Etymology of Jorasanko Thakur Bari
Jorasanko Thakur Bari received its name from the twin 'Shankar' or Shiva temples which are addressed as Jora Shankar existing in the vicinity of the Thakurbari. Early 19th century, saw the Jorasanko Thakur Bari thriving in an affluent manner. As a centre of modern education, art and culture, the Jorasanko Thakur Bari 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. This place witnessed the growth of the Bengali literature.
Significance of Jorasanko Thakur Bari
Presently converted into a centre for Indian Classical Fine Arts which is affiliated to Rabindra Bharati University, the Jorasanko Thakur Bari 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.
Museum of Jorasanko Thakur Bari
The Museum provides glimpses of the splendid creations and works of Abanindranath and Rabindranath Tagore. It has three galleries, the first two galleries traces the life and activities of Rabindranath Tagore and portrays the distinguished members of his family like Dwarkanath, Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore. In the third gallery, it 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 light and sound show is organized which portrays the story of the Tagores in the house, their life and their contributions to the Bengal renaissance. Tapes are played for the visitors that contain Rabindranath Tagore's recitations.
The room where Rabindranath Tagore was born is open for the visitors. The Assembly Hall of Jorasanko Thakur Bari in Kolkata was an important hub for all religious gatherings.
Events at Jorasanko Thakur Bari
Special events are organized in the Jorasanko Thakur Bari to celebrate the birth and death anniversaries of all the members of the Tagore family. Cultural programmes are held which are telecasted on television.
Visiting Information on Jorasanko Thakur Bari
The metropolitan of Kolkata is interconnected by the Kolkata metro and the Girish Park metro station is the closest at a distance of merely 850 m from the Jorasanko Thakur Bari. The nearest railway station is the Howrah Junction at about 3.2 km and the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is the closest at a distance of 14 km from the Jorasanko Thakur Bari.