Tagore memorabilia recovered after 13 years
May 31 (IANS) Bangladeshi authorities have recovered several
missing memorabilia of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore
from different parts of the country after they were 'misplaced'
13 years ago.
commissioner (AC) for land Dewan Mahamudul Haque handed over
54 Tagore memorabilia to the archaeology department, said
Nahid Sultana, custodian of the Rabindranath Kacharibari Museum
at Shahzadpur, Sirajganj, The Daily Star reported Saturday.
is where Tagore's erstwhile family estate is located, where
he lived for some time and wrote some of his famous works.
objects were misplaced 13 years ago when the AC land office
shifted from the Rabindranath Kacharibari premises to its
own building nearby.
department sources said the memorabilia include 19 monograms
of Dihikashipur Pargana Zamindar, in charge of the property
that fell under Tagore's family estate, a large brass dish,
metal glasses, a measuring chain and a bell.
of the monograms bear Bengali and English inscriptions and
punch marks on them.
said rust has eaten away the originality and beauty of almost
all the metal relics because of lack of maintenance.
official of the archaeology department said: "All the
recovered objects will be displayed at the Rabindranath Kacharibari
sources said many such antiquities were lost or misplaced
from the Kacharibari just after the 1971 Liberation War.
a number of Tagore memorabilia including a wall clock, mirrors
and a cot were recovered from the houses of locals in Atrai
Upazila of Naogaon and have been put on display at Potishar
Kacharibari, in the only estate Rabindranath Tagore looked
department officials said they do not have the required funds
to turn the historical place into a museum so that the objects
used by Tagore could be preserved better.
in India and Bangladesh, South Asian nations that share the
Tagore legacy, are coordinating their efforts to recover Tagore's
Nobel medallion and other memorabilia stolen from Vishwabharati,
the university that Tagore set up at Santiniketan in India.
They were stolen four years ago.