The Jorasanko Thakurbari is the ancestral house of Rabindranath Tagore who was not only born and brought up here but also spent a substantial part of his life and finally breathed his last in this house. It was also the residence of Gaganendranath and Abanindranath Tagore, the founders of Bengal School of Art.
In 1784 Nilmoni Tagore was gifted a plot of land on the east side of Chitpore Road after he left his paternal house due to some family dispute. He constructed a new residential house at Jorasanko. Dwarakanath Tagore, the famous illustrious grandfather of Rabindranath, is credited with expanding this existing family house into the present “Bhdrasan Bari” (6, Dwarakanath Tagore Lane) where Rabindranath was born in 1861. This house is now known “Maharshi Bhavana” and houses Rabindra Bharati Museum. In 1823 Dwarakanath constructed another building adjacent to this house and named it “Boithak Khana Bari” (5, Dwarakanath Tagore Lane) to entertain his European guests. In later days his son Girindranath and his family, including his grandsons the celebrated artists Gaganendranath and Abanindranath (the famous artist nephews of Rabindranath Tagore), used to live and work here. With this house being pulled down, probably in 1943, a priceless built heritage was lost forever and with it a glorious phase of Bengal’s history.
In 1959, the Government of West Bengal planned to establish a University as a memorial to Rabindranath Tagore and finally this was achieved during the birth centenary of the poet. Rabindra Bharati University was founded on May 8, 1961 under the Rabindra Bharati Act at his residential house in Jorasanko for the advancement of learning and culture particularly in the branches of music, dance and drama. The Rabindra Bharati Museum was established in the following year.
Bichitra Bhavan, built in 1897, is located on the west of Maharshi Bhavan and was built by Rabindranath himself in the early 20th century colonial style. It is a red brick building, partly plastered and painted in white. The south side is almost screened with some well-grown existing trees like Plumeria alba, Michelia champaca, Mimusops elengi, Polyalthia longifolia, etc. It houses the museum and archives on the first floor.
The Museum comprises galleries on many intellectual galaxies of 19th Century Renaissance Bengal like Dwarakanath, Debendranath, Rabindranath, Abanindranath, Gaganendranath, etc. There are two galleries on Art, displaying paintings of Bengal School and the portrait paintings of Tagore house drawn mainly by the Anglo Indian School (western art gallery). Apart from these there are galleries displaying life and activities of Rabindranath Tagore. The museum also has the Japan Gallery, China Gallery, the US Gallery and the Hungary Gallery that explore Rabindranath’s visit and relation with these countries.
From 10:30 am to 5 pm (except Monday and govt. holidays)
INDIAN: Free entry for physically challenged visitors, street children and students up to 5th standard.
For students: 10/-
For adults: 20/-
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For adults: 30/-
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For adults: 150/-
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Photography Charges: 50/- per device. Photography is allowed only outside the museum building and in the courtyard. Photography is strictly prohibited inside the museum.
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6/4, Dwarakanath Tagore Lane, Kolkata 700007
Nearest metro station: Girish Park.
Phone number: 2269-5241/5242/6601/6610
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