Published:  12:00 AM, 24 December 2016

Shilaidaha Kuthi Bari

A place of multiple attractions

Shilaidaha Kuthi Bari

Shilaidaha Kuthi Bari is a place in Kumarkhali Upazila of Kushtia District in Bangladesh. The place is famous for Kuthi Bari; a country house made by Dwarkanath Tagore, founder of the Jorasanko branch of the Tagore family. Rabindranath Tagore, great Bengali poet and the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, lived a part of life here and created some of his memorable poems while living here.

In 1890 Tagore started managing their family estates in Shelaidaha. He stayed there for over a decade at irregular intervals between 1891 to 1901.  During his stay here, he wrote many of his famous poems, essays and short stories. Among those some of the masterpieces are Sonar Tari, Katha o Kahini, Chitra, Chaitali, etc.

 He also translated many of his creations in English here.  He also wrote here most of the poems from Naibedya, Kheya and many of the songs from Gitanjali and Geetimalya. It was the place where he started translating his Gitanjali into English in 1912, which earned him the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913.

                             The imaginary sonar toree made by local people

It is a three storied building constructed with brick, timber, corrugated tin sheets etc. The building is pyramid shaped with a terrace. The total area of the compound is 11 acres. The building is situated on right in the middle of the compound.

Several festivals are observed throughout the year in Kuthi Bari such as 25th Baishakh (7 may) as Tagore's birth anniversary and died (7 August). It is a five day long festival. People from across the country as well as India and the rest of the world join this occasion to celebrate his birthday. The program includes discussion, cultural program, fair and staging of his plays.

To visit the place first you have to go Kusthia as it is located in Kumarkhali Upazila of Kushtia district. Then you have to take local transport to reach that place. Tourist can travel from Dhaka to Kushtia by bus. Some of the bus services are SB Super Deluxe, Shyamoli Paribahan etc.

                                         Inside of the Rabindranath's home
There are some hotels in the district where tourists may consider staying in. Some name of the hotels are Azmiree hotel, Desha Guest house, Hotel Al-Amin, Hotel Gold Star,  Hotel River view etc.

It is a beautiful tourist attraction. There is a room on the roof of the building.  The room was used as a reading room and also meditation room of the poet. Anybody will be overwhelmed just seeing this room on the roof. Rabindranath himself considered this room as a sacred place where he wrote numerous poems and short stories.

Tourists may also visit Gorai River & Bridge, Jhaudia Shahi Mosque, Christian Cemetery, Jugia Tati Para. There are around 20 good restaurants where anyone can find foods in a reasonable price.

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