Tagores House (a.k.a. Jorasanko Thakur Bari) is the home of India’s most known poet (and a polymath in general) Rabindranath Tagore and after my visit to BITM and seeing the picture of him and Albert Einstein, I was determined to finally visit his house (now a museum) in the northern part of Kolkata.
He was the youngest of 13 children; he didn’t like school and started educating himself in his early teens; his sister-in-law advised him to write poetry and so he did, releasing his first poems before the age of 16; in his life he traveled to more than 30 countries; by the age of 51 he read some of his poetry to his friends in London and they liked it so much that they decided to publish it. This lead to Rabindranath being the first non-European to receive a Nobel Prize in literature; his works heavily influenced Bengali art and two of his songs are now anthems of two nations – India and Bangladesh.
I don’ t know about you, but I was pretty impressed by this and had to see the mansion:
The entry price is higher for foreigners (like most places in India), you are supposed to take off your shoes before entering and you are not allowed to take pictures inside. What happened was that the cashier asked me if I had a camera and after I said “yes”, he gave a me a key to a locker where I could store my camera. Being a true Eastern-European I used the locker to safely store my shoes and wallet and kept my phone in my pocket, which enabled me to take pictures, which I hope you’ll appreciate, because it took a while to get them with all the guards walking around.
The house consists of the rooms and facilities the family used, a photo gallery, two painting galleries, one Japanese gallery (Rabindranath really liked Japan) and one gallery for another member of the Tagore family. This may sound like a lot, but it is easy to see and read everything in less than 3 hours.
While visiting some of the rooms you could hear calming Indian classical music through speakers near the ceiling, which really helped to set the mood of being in a cultural place.
In the rooms and facilities there were pictures with text (somewhat randomly) describing Rabindranath’s life. I liked these two facts:
And, of course, a photo depicting his humble beginning:
The painting galleries featured work by Rabindranath and some other artists, but only one of them didn’t have cameras or guards:
The Japanese gallery was pretty big, consisting of several rooms and loads of pictures of Rabindranath with scholars and Japanese ladies:
And the best and biggest of all was the picture gallery:
This was the gallery that I wanted to see the most so that I could get this picture:
And that’s basically it. The last gallery was in Hindi and had many people in it so I can’t even post a picture of it.