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Kuthibari of Rabindranath Tagore, Shilaydah
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The main Tourist attraction of Kushtia is Shilaidaha Kuthibari. This beautiful red sprawling building surrounded by a large expanse of trees, plants and flowers, is located about 20 km from Kushtia Town. It upholds the memory of the Nobel Laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore who made frequent visits to this place and stayed here in connection with the administration of his "Zamidari". The peace and tranquility of this place enthralled him into penning some of his best verses thus contributing further to the enrichment of Bengali Literature. The beautiful mansion carries memory of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) who made frequent visit to this place and used to stay here, in connection with administration of his Zamindari and enriched Bengali literature through his writings during that time. It is located at a distance of about 20 km. from Kushtia town. The renovation of Shilaidaha Kuthibari has been completed under the Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Cultural Affairs. However, Tagore devotees as well as the masses have certain questions regarding the renovation. Shilaidaha Kuthibari is now a protected national monument where a Thakur Memorial Museum has been established by the government. Noble laureate poet Rabindra-nath Tagore stayed for over a decade at irregular intervals between 1891 and 1901 at Shilaidaha Kuthibari. Kuthibari is a picturesque three-storied, pyramid-shaped, terraced bungalow, constructed with brick, timber, corrugated tin sheets and Raniganj tiles. The bungalow is nestled within eleven acres of orchards of mango, jackfruit and others, a flower garden and two ponds. Sitting in Kuthibari or on a boat on Padma, Rabindranath wrote a number of masterpieces such as Sonar Tori, Chitra, Chaitali, Katha O Kahini, Ksanika, most of the poems from Naibedya and Kheya, and the songs from Gitanjali and Gitimalya. It was here, in 1912, that the poet started translating his Gitanjali into English, which earned him the Nobel Prize in 1913. Rabindranath was deeply attached to Shilaidaha and Padma, which is evident in his Chhinna Patrabali. Rabindranath Tagore once wrote in a letter, "The holy place of my literary pursuits during my youth and middle age was the village of Shilaidaha kissed by the waves of Padma".



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