Jorasanko by Aruna Chakravarty

‘Jorasanko Thakurbari’ is Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral house which has now been converted into a museum dedicated to his life and works. Built in 1785, the Jorasanko Thakur Bari is spread over 35000 square meters. Today the building houses Rabindra Bharati University, inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on Gurudev’s birth centenary, 8 May 1962. Rabindranath Tagore was born and breathed his last in Jorasanko Thakurbari. The museum has three galleries dedicated to Tagore, members of his family and the Bengal Renaissance. The galleries provide glimpses of intimate family photographs, live size portraits and Kavi Guru’s evolution as a poet & philosopher.

However, Jorasanko is not all about the glory of the gone era. On one hand, it has witnessed the rise of its male inhabitants into great scholars and poets and on the other, Jorasanko Thakurbari has been a silent spectator to the miseries of the ladies of the house.

Jorasanko by Aruna Chakravarty is a sensitive portrayal of the hopes and fears, triumphs and defeats experienced by the women of the Tagore household. In a sprawling novel that spans a unique phase in the history of Bengal and India, Aruna Chakravarti provides a fascinating account of how the Tagore women influenced and were in turn influenced by their illustrious male counterparts, the times they lived in and the family they belonged to. Jorasanko mirrors the hopes and fears, triumphs and defeats that the women of the Tagore household experienced in their intricate interpersonal relationships, as well as the adjustments they were continually called upon to make as daughters and daughters-in-law of one of the most eminent families of the land.

An enriching read about women and their lives in Jorasanko. There is a sequel to the book “Daughters of Jorasanko” by the same author.

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