Spring time brings in one-of-the best festival of the season − Basanrta Utsav popularly known as Holi. Waking up to prabhat pheri in the morning watching neighbors going house- to-house, singing Tagore songs, is a beginning of the colorful celebration of spring. Rabindra Tirtha,  (situated next to the WBHIDCO building in Newtown, Kolkata), opened its gates at 7am and welcomed all till late evening to enjoy this festival of color the way Rabindranath Tagore intended it to be.  The well-maintained 4.8 acer garden was in full bloom and the cultural programs, held in the auditorium were packed to capacity.

Walking down the well-paved pathways beyond the auditorium you come to the natural small pond where you can sit on the steps leading into the water and feed the fish or relax on the benches and watch the sun set.

Other than the occasion of Holi, Rabindra Tirtha is open to all at a very minimal entry fee of Rs.10/- per head and on Sundays at 6pm you can get to view some of the best cultural programs connecting you to Bengal and its roots. The exhibition hall is a reminder of Bengal’s history and heritage, where you get to see some of Tagore’s selected paintings and beautiful photographs from the poet’s life.

Walking down the exhibition halls fills you with wonder and awe as you travel along the chronological display of Tagore’s life. As you tour the place you will discover the art galleries, the 48-seater cinema hall, music room, museum and also a cafeteria where you can sip your coffee while watching the blue sky and open green space. There is a library within the complex if you are in a mood to read.

Basanta Utsav could not be better celebrated than in this complex as every step reminds you of Tagore and his love of nature, music and poetry.

On your way out you can pick up your souvenir to add to your home decoration, a constant reminder of Tagore and the place named rightly after him, Rabindra Tirtha.

Rabindra Tirtha Complex is a cultural center dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore.  Address: DG-17, Major Arterial Road (East-West), Action Area 1D, Newtown, Kolkata – 156. Ph:  033 2324 6002