When Tagore met Ramakrishna – The House of Mitra Family
Anyone can imagine that two great sons of India, Gurudeva Rabindranath Tagore himself playing piano and singing a song for another great son of India Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is a fact, indeed it was 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 spite being born in same era. I know it has 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 gave the answer for 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. 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.
That time Gurudev was only 22 years old. On that day, he played 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 allowed visitors or not. But whenever I visited there I didn’t notice anybody, however house is still in use.
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