When Tagore met Ramakrishna – The House of Mitra Family

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Anyone can imagine that two great sons of India, Gurudeva Rabindranath Tagore himself playing the piano and singing a song for another great son of India Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is a fact, indeed it happened when Gurudeva Rabindranath Tagore met with Ramakrishna for the first time and it was also their last meeting. It is also true that Gurudeva met with Ramakrishna at least once but never met with Swami Vivekananda in happy ambience, in spite of being born in the same era. I know it has a different dimension of logic but I think when we talk about Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the name of Swami Ji comes automatically. Many people talk about it, even today and some of them try to pull out some negativity in it. But Gurudev answered it and Once he quoted “‘If you want to know India, study Vivekananda. In him, there is everything positive and nothing negative.”

In the year of 1883, 2nd of May there was an occasion of Brahmo Samaj called Brahmo Utsav at the house of Kashiswar Mitra, in north Kolkata. As we all know that Gurudeva was Brahmo and he was an invitee there. Apart from many other eminent guests, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was also invited there. Shri Srinath Mitra and Shri Manjunath Mitra invited them and both of them attended that Brahmo Utsav.

The house where Rabindranath Tagore met with Ramakrishna
The house where Rabindranath Tagore met with Ramakrishna  IMG_8635

That time Gurudev was only 22 years old. On that day, he played the piano and sang a song for Ramakrishna. The house is still there and located in North Kolkata. The house “Kashiswar Mitra Bari” is well maintained and a private property, so have no idea whether they allow visitors or not. But whenever I visited there I didn’t notice anybody around from the family, however, the house is still in use.


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24 Responses

  1. Nice to read, Thanks for sharing.

  2. Indrani says:

    Glad t know this info.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Yogi saraswat says:

    Very appreciative and informative post about Gurudev and Paramhans . Thanx for sharing

  4. Wow, thanks for sharing. I didn’t know about this!

  5. Arya mitra says:

    The house is a private property. The house has a dedicated area designated for visitors. Guests and visitors are allowed to the Bahir Mahal. It houses the temple dedicated to Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Visitors are highly welcome to leave their footprints.

  6. Rudradip Raychawdri says:

    Great stuff
    Share more like this

  7. Munmun Mitra Chatterjee says:

    Though a private property but the ground floor is a mandir of shri Ramakrishna. Ramkrishna Bhakta Parishad. All can definitely visit i stay here.. My father’s home. U can email at munmunchatterjee83@gmail.com

  8. Abhijity Kar says:

    In which room they met? Is it still within 233, A.P.C. Road as described in Kathamrito?

  9. Abhijit Kar says:

    Can the the so-called Ramkrishna Bhakta Parishad, led by some outsiders and/or lately pampered successors of Late Kashiswar Mitra exactly remember the date and/or year of Birth and Death of that Mahan Manush of Bengal at that time.

  10. Abhijit Kar says:

    Why the so-called pampered Ramkrishna Bhakta Parishad, led by some outsiders and/or lately pampered successors of Late Kashiswar Mitra cannot produce a picture of Late Kashiswar Mitra in their site.

  11. Sudip says:

    Any idea what was the song Tagore played for Sri Ramakrishna?

    • BongBlogger says:

      Very good question Mr.Sudip but sorry, I have no idea about it.

      • Abhijit Kar says:

        Sree ‘MA’ written a lot of things in Kathamrito about the day’s incidents including heckling Mitra family members for not paying return journey fare to Ramakrishna and others. But he never uttered a single word about the contents of the song, since the same was not matching with their ideology

  12. Abhijit Kar says:

    ওপরে ছবিতে দেওয়া বাড়ীতে নয়। যে বাড়ীর অংশের কোন অধিকারই আর আপনাদের নেই, সে বাড়ীতে Adi Brahmo Samajer বাৎসরিক সভায় ওরা বসেছিলেন। সেখানে ঠাকুর আমন্ত্রিত অতিথি হিসাবে এসেছিলেন। ঘটনা হল ঠাকুর এবং বিবেকানন্দ অনেকবারই ছুটে গেছেন Brahmo Samajer মানুষদের কাছে। এমনকি মৃত্যুর তিন বছর আগেও ঐ সভায়। তবে তো ঠাকুর বললেন, “সাকারেও (BJP) হয়, নিরাকারেও (Brahmo ধরম) হয়।

  13. Abhijit Kar says:

    Who told you Gurudev never met Vivekananda? Have you not heard of Tea party held at Sister Nivedita’s house at Baghbazar? All the aforesaid three stalwarts enjoyed the party for more than one hour. Educate yourself first and then try to comment on such historical matters. And we all know Gurudev never looked at Ramakrishna during the meeting neither he sang the song for him. The event was very important yearly meet of Brahmosamaj. Tagore’s was the song on Brahmoism not on Ramakrishna.

    • BongBlogger says:

      On the context of views, I have mentioned that Vivekananda and Tagore never met because their views were completely opposite. Not only they met once in the tea party organised by Sister but Physically they met many times. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and also for your inputs.

  14. Abhijit Kar says:

    All information given in this Web are wrong

  15. Dr Subrata Ghoshal says:

    I had the same question. How it can be known?

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