Rabindra Tirtha, a outrageous informative formidable that has come adult in Rajarhat dedicated to compelling a works of Rabindranath Tagore, had a initial charge force assembly recently to marker out a approach forward before it starts functioning from Sep 15. Metro takes a walkthrough…
Vital stats: The Tagore investigate centre is widespread over 5 acres during New Town, Rajarhat. It was built in 291 days on a bill of Rs 30 crore.
Date of birth: The thought of Rabindra Tirtha was a Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government’s in 2009. The fine-tuning and construction, however, was finished in 2011.
“It was being designed in Rajarhat. We indispensable infrastructure and there were talks of a executive supervision also contributing,” pronounced Debashis Sen, principal secretary, civic growth department, and a authority of Hidco. “But given that didn’t happen, Hidco did all on a possess as educated by a arch minister. You can call it a loyalty by a benefaction supervision to Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary. The devise was announced final Baishey Shrabon by arch apportion Mamata Banerjee when she gave a open a pattern of what was being planned. It was prepared by this Baishey Shrabon. We did all during breakneck speed.”
The concept: A investigate centre dedicated to a life and works of Tagore where scholars, researchers, students and enthusiasts can come together.
“It is not meant to be a Rabindra Sadan Part II though a mini-Santiniketan, a space for Rabindra-premis who wish to think, study, investigate and examination with Tagore’s works,” pronounced Sen. “Spreading recognition and joining with youngsters is high on a agenda.”
Rabindra Tirtha also skeleton to start certificate, appreciation and familiarisation courses on a poet, that would be devised “in conference with Rabindra Bharati University“.
Experts panel: There’s a charge force headed by civic growth apportion Firhad Hakim. Its members embody Jogen Chowdhury, Shuvaprasanna, Joy Goswami, Dwijen Mukhopadhyay and Shaoli Mitra. Debashis Sen is a cabinet secretary.
The look: The thesis of a devalue is gram Bangla (rural Bengal) and sand houses and facilities far-reaching open spaces. The oval-shaped formidable nearby a Hidco Bhavan is dotted with red-tiled cottages in worldly colours, immature rags and coconut groves encircling a vast H2O body, where there’s a outrageous statue of a poet.
Rabindra Tirtha tries to reconstruct a farming environment. To elicit a suggestion of Santiniketan, even a flowers planted have been delicately selected from those that find discuss in Tagore’s works.
The pathways were creatively finished with red earth though building tiles were placed after spells of sleet combined sand and jelly pockets.
What we saw: A neat dome-shaped 200-seater auditorium with cushioned chairs, blue velvet soundproofing on a walls and a carpeted building tilted towards a “disproportionately vast stage” that Sen explains has been intentionally built in a approach to promote “experiments with several audio-visual forms. With innovative lights and a state-of-the-art sound complement in place, a auditorium is set to horde dance and low-pitched programmes on Tagore, lectures and demonstrations.
What to expect: Their initial informative show, comprising 3 Tagore dance-dramas, is on Sep 15. “We’re articulate to internal entertainment groups and artistes to 0 in on some performances to be staged,” pronounced Sen.
What we saw: Divided into dual chambers, one houses replicas of ink and print colour paintings by Tagore and a other has laminated photographs of Tagore during several stages of his life with family and friends. “One room will be grown like a museum with arrangement cabinets and tables with Tagore’s handwritten element and items, including a reproduction of his Nobel medal,” Sen said.
What to expect: “We have skeleton to urge it, move in furniture, supplement archived books and apparatus for permanent display,” explained Sen. “The information and informative affairs dialect will promote exhibitions on Tagore’s views on education,” he added.
Film repository and cinema
What we saw: Masons putting finishing touches to a kidney-shaped chamber. The cinema lay vacant.
What to expect: Private audio-visual bedrooms that can accommodate 30. All a films and documentaries finished on Tagore are meant to be archived here and finished permitted for screening, investigate and experimentation. “The information and informative affairs dialect will lend documentaries on Tagore for screening,” pronounced Sen.
Music archive, art gallery and library
What we saw: Two chambers confronting any other, workers bustling with electrical apparatus and wiring arrangements in a cover that will residence an online repository and library.
What to expect: A personalised song room that can chair adult to 50 people. “It will have state-of-the-art song apparatus and a excellent acoustics,” Sen said.
Dormitories and guest cottages
What we saw: Cottages for students and guest lecturers with a sum accommodation ability of 80. The designation of furnishings was being done.
What to expect: Cottages with wood-and-steel finish furniture. There’s all for a gentle stay for a few days: dining tables, sofas, wrought-iron beds and almirahs. The windows open out on a immature stretches.
What we saw: A 13-foot-high statue of a producer in bronze soaring over a H2O physique greets visitors. Its positioning ‘in a midst of H2O ‘ signifies “Tagore is easy to see and know nonetheless really formidable to reach. You have to see it figuratively,” Sen explained.
What to expect: A boat will be a consistent underline on a water. “We felt a boat and H2O physique were essential to a core suggestion of a place. Water in several forms, either sleet or river, and barges play an critical partial in Tagore’s stories and songs. So this was deliberately excavated and done to give a centre a appreciative feel,” combined Sen.
Cafeteria and tea stall
What we saw: Two pillared sheds with a immature patch and garden benches, nonetheless to be filled in by a vendor.
What to expect: Think Nandan, consider City Centre and that is what we can pattern to take shape. “We wish it to be on those lines where people feel giveaway to come, sit, consider and rivet in engaging review over tea and coffee,” positive Sen.
An entrance price of Rs 10 will yield entrance to visitors from Sep 15. If their primary aim is a “serious and dedicated” organisation of scholars, researchers, students and behaving artistes, they are also aiming during propagandize students and their relatives as good as tourists in sequence to get “casual or lay visitors meddlesome in a materialisation called Rabindranath and his works”.
Another aim is to rivet girl from all over a world, including a Bengali diaspora, who can enrol and get entrance to a digital database that will be finished permitted on a Internet. “There will be digital archiving permitted on a Web. We’ve seen that people currently are really contingent on YouTube for a dance or song forms that they wish to get their hands on while operative on small-scale programmes in several paras. We wish to emanate videos by several exponents of Tagore dance, song and communication and make them permitted for streaming so that a authentic forms are disseminated and supplement value to a functions of Rabi Tirtha. Whether we will horde it on YouTube or a specific website will be motionless later,” Sen said. The authorities are looking during both approach and online subscriptions.
Care and maintenance
Will be outsourced to a private group on annual contract. “It’s really formidable for supervision bodies to keep lane of faults and need for correct work. We know a heedfulness of sparse maintenance, so we’ve motionless to sinecure an group to demeanour after confidence and maintenance. We wish it will keep Rabi Tirtha in good shape,” pronounced Sen.
Next in line
Nazrul Tirtha, that will be built on a identical judgment on a two-acre tract adjacent to a DLF Building in Rajarhat. “The substructure mill was laid on Nazrul Jayanti on May 25 and a architectural pattern is currently being re-thought. We devise to get started on construction after Durga Puja, once a rains subside,” Sen said.
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