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Rabindra Bhavan

History

Founded in July 1942, just a year after the Poet's death, Rabindra Bhavan is situated in Santiniketan which is about 160 kms from the city of Kolkata. The Rabindra Bhavan holds a major part of Tagore's manuscripts, correspondences, paintings and sketches. The poet's personal library is here and various objects used by him, his voice-recordings and thousands of photograph taken of him at different times etc are also displayed here.

The place is a tourist attraction for every person with the faintest interest in literature .The archive at the Bhavan holds several hundred manuscript volumes and files of the works of Rabindranath in Bengali and English. The library has over 40000 volumes of books and over 12000 bound journals. It also includes in its collection the personal library of Rabindranath Tagore. A section of great attraction here is the Pamphlet Collection which includes programme souvenirs of Rabindranath's plays, various monographs, old and rare bulletins and allows visitors to take a glimpse into the literary genius that Tagore was.

But the main attraction of the place is the museum that comprises of a display section and the five homes lived in by Tagore. This unit of Rabindra Bhavan also contains original paintings of Rabindranath and many by other artists too along with countless photographs. Exhibitions based on themes from the poet’s life happen throughout the year.

The place also contains an audio video section.The section holds voice recordings of Rabindranath in wire, tape and disc along with negatives of photographs of Rabindranath and Shantiniketan. Apart from films on Rabindranath or films based on his stories and poems, films on Shantiniketan are also preserved here.

Best time to visit

Rabindra Bhavan can be visited around the year except the summer months when the climate is extremely hot and dry. The temperatures in the summer months of March – May are in the high 30’s.Winter is more pleasant with the temperatures hovering around the 10 – 15 degree range.

Trivia

The Rabindra Bhavan contains 1580 paintings by the poet along with over 11000 photographs which are all displayed here.

Timing

The Rabindra Bhavan is open on all days except Wednesdays. The entry timings during summers are 7:00 am to 11:00 am and 10:30 am to 4:30 pm during winters. Tuesdays have special visiting hours i.e. from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.


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