Jagatsinghpur, Dec 2 (LocalWire) Nobel laureate world bard Rabindranath Tagore’s furniture will reportedly go under the hammer to raise funds for restoration of his ancestral house at Pandua village in Jagatsinghpur district.
According to sources, with proprietor Himasnu Sekhar Das has decided to auction table, chairs and other assets used by Tagore for the restoration work of the dilapidated house.
Pertinently, there were 53 villages in Pandua under Kujang tashil, which were part of the erstwhile zamindari estate of the Tagore family.
The ancestral house at Pandua was one of Tagore’s most preferred retreats and it was here that the poet had penned his famous dance drama ‘Chitrangada’, based on a story from The Mahabharata.
Tagore visited this village from 1896 to 1942.
After repeated demands for locals for preservation of Tagore’s ancestral house, sources said the state government had allotted an estimated amount of Rs. 1 crore for the project during the world bard’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations.
“However, the project is yet to be executed,” said government sources.
The Odisha culture department had also planned to erect a heritage wall at the place where the house is presently lying in a dilapidated condition.
“The house has virtually collapsed, only its debris are there. A memorial heritage wall at the ancestral home site would be a fitting tribute to the poet but nothing has been done on this matter so far,” said sources.
Meanwhile, there is a plan to make a miniature museum in Tagore’s memory at Pandua.
An amusement park is also being envisaged for visitors and tourists.
Villagers had also requested the establishment of a dance, drama and music academy from class V to Master Degree, along with Tagore’s bronze statue, at the village in his memory.
“We have a lot of plans for renovation of Tagore’s ancestral house, but fund crunch has failed to implement these activities. No fund has yet been released towards the project,” said a cultural department official.