The Nobel Laureate Ravindra Nath Tagore is again in news. This time, his connection with London is talked about. Know what is the connection.
The West Bengal government, which wanted to buy Rabindranath Tagore’s residence in London, is now ready for sale.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her visit to London in 2015 expressed her desire to buy Rabindranath Tagore’s residence by the state government. Now this building is ready for sale. The price of this building, which shows the historical importance of India, has been fixed at $ 2,699,500 (Rs 27.3 crore). This price is not considered high in terms of property prices and location in London. Let us tell you that in 1912, Rabindranath Tagore lived in the “Blue Plaque” at Hampstead Heath in North London for a few months.
During her first visit to London in 2015, the Bengal Chief Minister had said that my government was keen to buy the house where Tagore used to live. Tagore is our pride. This is a privateproperty so, I have asked my High Commissioner (Ranjan Mathai at that time) to see if we can strike a deal. At that time this property was not to be sold but now its value has been fixed.
There is already a blue plaque on this house, on which it is written that the famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore used to live here. This blue plate was put up by the London Country Council. However, now its responsibility lies with the English Heritage Trust. Apart from Tagore, blue plaques bearing the names of some other Indians are also put up in London. In which Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel, Aurobindo, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, V.D. Savarkar and V.K. Krishna Menon. The blue plaque bearing Tagore’s name reads, “Rabindranath Tagore, 1861-1941, Indian poet stayed here in 1912.
The london house in which Rabindra Nath Tagore lived is being sold for 27 crores
Indian-origin British industrialist Swaraj Paul expressed happiness over the West Bengal government’s willingness to buy it, saying it could be bought by the Government of India or the Government of West Bengal. In 2015, when Mamta Banerjee went to London, Swaraj Paul invited her for tea. Paul said that the government can also form a committee to buy the Tagore building, if I am included in it, I will be happy.
History of the House: According to the trust the giant house no. 3 on the heath used to be Rabindranath Tagore’s house for a few months in the summer of 1912. He stayed here during his third visit to London. His stay at that time was arranged by the artist and writer Sir William Rotheenstein who used to love at 11 Oak Hill Park in those days. However, now his residence has been demolished.