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Sabar Hridaye Rabindranath - Mesmirizing insights of Tagore - Nanda Banerjee


 Rabindranath Tagore lives forever in the hearts of millions of people in the whole world because he didn't just float on imagination like a poet. He was an active and development-minded personality. With leadership and skills and his unique creativity in all cultures of the whole world he had established a respect in whole world.


Although deeply steeped in Hindu and Islamic traditions, Tagore’s family contributed large amount of money for the introduction of Western education, including colleges for the study of science and medicine. This combination of tradition and experiment came to characterize Rabindranath Tagore’s attitude to life.

 Rabindranath’s father Maharshi Devendranath Tagore was well versed in European philosophy. The family was also involved with diverse activities at the international level which had influenced on Rabindranath’s mental and practical attitudes.

 This international influence gave him idea that he must bring his country into contact with the world at large.

 He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa.

 He felt that, there should be an institution that emphasized the unity of the world’s cultures and streams of knowledge. He implemented that in Santiniketan. 


 Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India. It is approximately 180 kilometres north of Kolkata. It was made famous by Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision that attracts thousands of visitors and students from all over the world each year.


 Between 1878 and 1932, Tagore set foot in more than thirty countries on five continents. That influence had been seen not only in his creation but his life style and food habits.

 Rabindranath used to wear a brown colour gown most of the time. His seemingly mesmeric personality, flowing hair, and otherworldly dress earned him a prophet-like reputation in the West.

 Rabindranath Tagore and his family use to have lunch sitting on the floor in the typical Bengali style; however for the dinner they dinned in a pure English style with decorated dining table.

 Did you know that Rabindranath Tagore was a great foodie!

 He was such a foodie when he used to travel different countries, he used note all the recipes in his diary which he ate that he would often bring back recipes with him so that these could be tried out at the Jorasanko kitchen and enjoy with his whole family.

 Jorasanko Thakur Bari

 Tagore was born in the Jorasanko mansion in Kolkata and spent most of his childhood and died.

 Jorasanko is a neighbourhood in north Kolkata,West Bengal, India, is the ancestral home of the Tagore family. It is currently located on the Rabindra Bharati University campus, is now home to the Rabindra Bharati Museum, which is part of Rabindra Bharati University. 

 On May 7, 1861, Rabindranath Tagore was born in the maternity room at Jorasanko Thakurbari and also breathed his last in this house on August 7, 1941.

 Did you know that Rabindranath Tagore loved pies, patties, roasts and kebabs!

 Among Tagore's favourite foods, which he had imported from elsewhere, are as follows:

 Chicken and mutton pies

 Prawn and ham patties

 Lamb and chicken roasted with breadcrumbs, prawn cutlets, roasted mutton with pineapple.

 kebabs are Surti Meetha Kebab, Hindusthani Turkish Kebab and Chicken Kebab nosi.

 Anglo Indian specialty parantas

 However, this is not to say that he was not fond of Bengali cuisine. He was especially fond of fish.

  His favourite fish dishes are, kacha iilish er jhol, chitol mach aar chalta diye muger daal, narkel-chingri and aadar maach,vapa illis( steamed hilsa),

 Sweet dishes are phoolkopir sandesh, chandrapuli, kheer with sweetened condensed milk and coconut shreds.

 Good news:

It is now possible to enjoy Rabindranath Tagore's favourite foods in a new cafe at ICCR. Ho Chi Minh Sarani, in South Kolkata.

This little café, cafeteria-cum-restaurant, Caf`E9 Th`E9 at the ICCR has won many a heart in the past couple of years. Not only because they claim the menu features Tagore's favourite dishes, but also because it is a true setting with large portraits of Tagore at various lunch and dinner parties across the world, his framed write-ups on food, and of course softly played Tagore songs at the background.

Call: (+91) 33 40035878


Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata , 700071

Landmark: Opp. American Consulate








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