The Jorasanko Thakur Bari is one of the popular spots to visit in Kolkata. This house has been framed as the birthplace of world-famous poet Rabindranath Tagore. He had spent his entire childhood at this house, hench he took his last breath at this place in 1941. The house is spread over 35000 square meters. Now the mansion has been restored to reflect the way the household looked when the Tagore family lived in it.
The Thakur Bari is very popular among native Bengalis as they admire Rabindranath Tagore from the depth of their hearts. The formal name of this house Rabindra Bharati Museum, though it is more popular as Jorasanko Thakur Bari. Back in 1784, a piece of land was gifted to Nilmoni Tagore on the east side of Chitpur. He built a small house at Jorasanko. Then this ancestral house was expanded by Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, who was one of the famous people at his time also the grandfather of the Nobel winning poet. The land was donated to him by the Sett family of Burrabazar. Rabindranath Tagore was born at this house in 1861 and spent most of his childhood here.
Rabindra Bharati Museum
Rabindra Bharati Museum is absolutely enjoyable and informative to visit among the lovers of Bengali culture and literature. It is also a popular hotspot for those people who love the history of Kolkata. The government of West Bengal planned to established a university as a memorial to Rabindranath Tagore. in 1959. The Rabindra Bharati University was founded on the 100th birth anniversary of the poet in 1961 under Rabindra Bharati Act. The museum was established in the following year and it represents the Tagore family’s history, their involvement with the Brahmo Samaj and the Bengal Renaissance. The museum has overall collections of 2071 books, 770 journals, 3297 photographs, 27 craft, and sculpture, 208 personalia, etc. It has three galleries, the first gallery showcase the story of Rabindranath Tagore while the other two have a lot of information about other family members of the Tagore family.
The museum also has the Japan gallery, the China gallery, the US and the Hungary gallery that explores Rabindranath’s visit and relation with these countries. There are more than 700 paintings along with manuscripts and books. The poet’s Humber car is parked in the background of the mansion.
The Rabindra Bharati University organizes numerous events with great enthusiasm. One of the most popular events is Panchise Baisakh, which is a cultural program that takes on Tagore’s birthday and Baishe Shravan, on the death anniversary of the poet. You can find more details on their official site.
10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Light and Sound
November – January
6:00 PM – 6:40 PM (Bengali)
7:00 PM – 7:40 PM (English)
February – June
7:00 PM – 7:40 PM (Bengali)
8:00 PM – 8:40 PM (English)
Indian Adults – 20 INR
Indian Students – 10 INR
SAARC Country Adults – 30 INR
SAARC Country Students – 20 INR
Foreigners Adults – 150 INR
Foreigners Students – 100 INR
Light and Sound – 50 INR
Photography – 50 INR
How to Reach
Tagore’s house can be easily reached via public transport which is located in the Rabindra Bharati University campus at 6/4 Dwarkanath Tagore lane in Jorasanko. You can take a metro to Girish Park to visit there.
- Free entry for physically challenged people, street children, and students up to 5th standard.
- Photography is strictly prohibited inside the mansion.
- Light and Sound booking counter open at 5:30 PM.
- Please carry enough identity proof if you are from outside India.
Ruchira is the founder of Hey Calcutta! An aspiring blogger and a travel enthusiast. She created this website to represent the real flavor of Kolkata and Bengali culture. Besides this blog, she typically loves books, food, and music.