State Govt wants to acquire Tagore’s home in London
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed the desire of the Bengal Government to acquire the house in London where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore had lived, and convert it into a museum-cum-memorial to the world-famous poet and writer.
Mamata Banerjee expressed the State Government’s desire during a meeting with the Indian High Commissioner in London.
Tagore had lived at No. 3, Heath Villas in Hampstead Heath, north London, for a few months in 1912 while he translated his collection of poems, Gitanjali, for which he went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
The Chief Minister is in London for a week-long tour of the United Kingdom (UK). She unveiled the Blue Plaque at the house in London where Sister Nivedita lived for some time, which is awarded by British Heritage to places in need of conservation. She is next scheduled to hold a series of meetings in London and then in Scotland with potential investors, with an eye on the Bengal Global Business Summit 2018, to be held next January.
Incidentally, Tagore’s home has already been awarded the Blue Plaque, the inscription on which reads: Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) Indian poet stayed here in 1912.