Jorasanko Thakurbari, the Rabindranath Tagore house in Kolkata, is a popular tourist destination. If you are planning to explore Kolkata, then you should visit this place. I give the full guide below.
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Table of Contents
The Rabindranath Tagore house in Kolkata
- Jorasanko Thakurbari Location
- Jorasanko Thakurbari History
- Jorasanko Thakurbari Museum
- The Rabindra Bharati Museum has three galleries
- Rabindranath Tagore photographs
- Jorasanko Thakurbari Kolkata Opening Timings
- Jorasanko Thakur Bari Kolkata Entry Fees
- Jorasanko Thakurbari Basanta Utsav
- Rabindra Sangeet and basanta Utsav
- Basanta Utsav songs
- Rabindranath Tagore Achievements
The Rabindranath Tagore house in Kolkata
The Rabindranath Tagore house in Kolkata is in the heart of central Kolkata. Jorasanko Thakurbari is the red house of Girish Park on Chittaranjan Avenue. A little away from the intersection of Chitpur Road and Vivekananda Road. This house is a two-minute walkable distance from Marble palace in Kolkata (while you are here, don’t forget to visit the marble palace).
Jorasanko Thakurbari Location
267, Rabindra Sarani, Jorasanko, Ganesh Talkies, Kolkata- 700007. The nearest metro station is Girish Park or Mahatma Gandhi Road. The main entrance is on the Ganesh-talkies side.
Jorasanko Thakurbari History
Jorasanko Thakurbari or Rabindranath Tagore house in Kolkata is the pride place of West Bengal. Now in the front section of the Thakurbari Rabindra Bharati University has been established.
Prince Dwarkanath built this house in the eighteenth century, in the year 1785 AD, on the land given by the ‘Sathparibar’ of Barabazar. The area is approximately 3500 square meters.
They have transformed the foundation of the house into the Tagore House Museum. Here photography is prohibited inside the house premises. However, we can take photos from outside by Exchanging 50 rupees.
The entire house’s atmosphere is preserved with wonderful devotion and affection. The moments of Rabindranath’s life are explained in the picture. This house is surrounded by the memories and grace of loyal personalities of Bengali culture. There are many souvenirs and memories of the Tagore family. The room where the poet wrote the famous novel “Ghare Baire” still exists.
In the basement where Rabindranath did the operation of his paranoia – the government also preserved the place. They are also preserved in Thakur Bari’s Sutika house and a bathroom where Rabindranath and Debendranath were born. There is also Mrinalini Devi’s kitchen and many more.
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Jorasanko Thakurbari Museum
Today the house became the headquarters of India’s first cultural university called Rabindra Bharati University. It was founded on the first birth centenary of the Rabindranath on 8th May 1961. After Rabindrantha’s death, the Govt. has decided to declare Jorasanko Thakurbari as a national heritage monument.
In recognition of Rabindranath’s contribution, the building has been turned into a museum named “Rabindra Bharati Museum,” inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru on 8th May 1961.
Jorasako Thakur bari museum is dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore, his family members, and the Bengal Renaissance. Museum galleries provide close family photographs, life-size portraits, and Tagore’s life cycle evolution’s, how he became the great poet or ‘Kavi guru.’ Kavi means “Poet,” and guru means “the guide(master).”
The Rabindra Bharati Museum has three galleries
The museum has three galleries.
- Gallery 1
Covers the life and activities of Rabindranath Tagore.
- Gallery 2
Covers the distinguished members of this family like Dwarkanath, Maharshi Debendranath, Abanindranath and brothers and sisters of Tagore.
- Gallery 3
Covers the story of the renaissance of nineteenth-century Bengal and the part played by distinguished pioneers in different fields.
The Jorasanko Thakurbari museum has 2071 books, 770 journals, 3297 photographs, 16 paintings, 27 crafts and sculptures, 208 personal used things, and 53 furniture collections, etc.
Rabindranath Tagore photographs
The West Bengal Government collects 40 original paintings of Rabindranath from Rabindranath’s son. The government also collects many photographs from the national library Kolkata, and all the pictures are stored in the museum. Now the museum is a learning centre of Oriental and foreign education. In addition, the museum has a section that preserves two-centuries-old musical records.
It also contains other great personalities of the 19th and 20th centuries, which are associated with Bengali and English literature. The museum also preserved other famous family members of the Tagore family-like Abanindranath, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, Jyotirindranath, Dinendranath Tagore.
The galleries also preserved the clippings of Rabindranath Tagore, the large number of pictures, paintings of him and the entire family. In the Rabindra Bharati Museum, the visitor can see the gifts, which Rabindranath receives on different occasions.
The museum displayed 700 paintings, manuscripts, books, and other ancient items that attract visitors. The Painting Brush of Abanindranath Tagore used for her paintings is preserved in the museum. There are several paintings of Tagore also exhibited in the entire building. The visitor can also visit the kitchen where Tagore’s wife, Mrinalini Devi, cooks.
- The Rabindra Bharati Museum of Kolkata celebrates the birth anniversary called Rabindra Jayanti of the Rabindranath Tagore on 25th Boishakh and the death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on 22th ‘Sraban,’ and they also celebrate other famous poets birthday and death anniversary.
- The best time to visit the museum is when they celebrate the birthday of various poets so you can be part of the grand celebration.
Jorasanko Thakurbari Kolkata Opening Timings
- Tuesday to Sunday – 10.30 am to 5.00 pm.
- Last ticket issued–4.30 pm.
- Monday closed.
The light and Sound show have been produced detailing the Bengal Renaissance in the 19th century and the history of the Tagore family. Mr Kumar Roy prepared the script and lighting designed by Mr Kanishka Sen.
Light and Sound Show Timings
- November to January
6:00 pm – 6:40 pm (Bengali)
7:00 pm – 7:40 pm (English)
- February to June
7:00 pm – 7:40 pm (Bengali)
8:00 pm – 8:40 pm (English)
- Monday closed
Jorasanko Thakur Bari Kolkata Entry Fees
- 10 rupees per person for Adults
- 5 rupees per person for Students
- 50 rupees per person for Foreign Tourists
- 10 rupees per person for the Light & Sound show
- 50 rupees per camera for taking photography only outside of the house
Jorasanko Thakurbari Basanta Utsav
In Jorasanko Thakurbari, Basanta Utsav or Holi festival is celebrated by Students of Rabindra Bharati University. Holi festival is celebrated yearly on the full moon day (দোল পূর্ণিমা), and it marked the beginning of spring. The Holi 2021 date is 29th March.
“Basanta Utsab” is celebrated as Holi at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. On the occasion of Jorasanko Basanta Utsav, students of the university played various cultural programs. They perform dance and song (Rabindra Sangeet and Rabindra Nritya) etc. It is a very special event for all Tagore lovers.
Rabindra Sangeet and basanta Utsav
Last year in Jorasanko Thakurbari, the program starts in the afternoon around 3 pm with the song “ওরে গৃহবাসী, খোল দ্বার খোল লাগলো যে দোল” (Ore Grthobashi, khol dwar khol lagloje Dol). Rabindranath composed songs for spring, and with those songs, the colourful program continues. It ends with “রাঙিয়ে দিয়ে যাও, যাও গো এবার যাবার আগে …” (Rangziye diye jaao, jaao go ebarjaabar aage… ).
The students and the visitors mixed in groups, and the party continues with more music. Groups are singing and dancing, combining with the wonderful background of Jorasanko Thakurbari. It’s a treat for Tagore lovers, music lovers, and yes, also for the photographers.
Rabindra Sangeet and the performances and the entire Boshonto Utshob was like a dream combination for everyone. They also perform Indian classical Raaga’s and pure Indian classical instrumentals; they play – Dotara, Khol, matka, Tabla with Sarod. Lots of children are taking part in this occasion.
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Basanta Utsav songs
The student dancers gathered in a queue and dancing all around the fields where the singer was already sitting and singing. One after another, the music and dance performances followed. “নীল দিগন্তে, ও ফুলের আগুন লাগলো”, “ওরে ভাই ফাগুন লেগেছে বনে বনে”, “আজি দক্ষিণও দুয়ার খোলা”, “ঝরো ঝরো ঝরো ঝরো ঝরে রঙের ঝর্ণা”, “ওরা অকারণে এ চঞ্চল..” (Nil Digante, oi phooler aagun laaglo”, “One bhai, phaagun legeche bon’e bon’e”, “Aaji Dokhin duwar khola”, “Jhoro jhoro jhoro jhoro jhore ronger jhorna”, “Ura okaron’e e chonchol).
They also play Indian classical music, pure instrumental performances with Dotara, khol, matka, flute, Tabla with Sarod, Nazrul geeti, and one Shruti Natok. It ended with “আজ খেলা ভাঙ্গার খেলা” (Aaj Khela bhangra khela), and the delightful crowd exploded in celebrating each other’s greeting with colourful aabir (আবির).
Students play with colour powders on each other in the Jorasanko Thakurbari garden premises. On this occasion, a huge number of students and outsiders are gathered together.
You can visit Jorasanko Rajbari also from here. Both are different.
Please Note–The Rabindra Bharati University has decided that they are not celebrating Basanta Utsav or Holi festival at the Jorasanko Thakurbari garden premises because of the immense crowd. So instead, they arrange the cultural program in their BT Road Rabindra Bharati University campus.
Rabindranath Tagore Achievements
Rabindranath Tagore was a pioneer Bengali poet, novelist, music creator, playwright, painter, short story writer, essayist, actor, vocalist, and philosopher. He was regarded as the greatest literature of the Bengali language.
Rabindranath was awarded the Kaviguru, Gurudev, Biswakavi. Rabindranath was written 52 books, 38 plays, 13 novels, and 36 essays and other prose compositions, which were published in his lifetime and after his death. The collection of “Galpo Guchoo” and “Gitobitan” Rabindranath has included 95 short stories and 1915 songs.
The published and unpublished writings of Rabindranath were published in the name of “Rabindra Rachanyabali” in 32 volumes. All the letters of Rabindranath are published in the name of “Chithipotro” in 19 volumes, and other writings were published in 4 other books. He also painted approx two thousand pictures. Rabindranath’s writing has been translated into various languages in the world. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for the English translation of “Gitanjali.”
How do you get to Jorasanko Thakur Bari?
Girish Park metro station is a 5-minute walking distance from Jorasanko Thakur Bari. Bus services are available from the Howrah, Sealdah, Shyambazar, etc.
Is Jorasanko open today?
Jorasanko Thakurbari only closes on Monday. Daily open at approx 10:30 am and close 5:00 pm.
How can I travel to Jorasanko from Bolpur?
First, you travel by train from Bolpur station and reach Howrah station. Then take a taxi or bus from Howrah station to Jorasanko through ‘Posta road.’