Tagore lover Governor Satya Pal Malik visits Brookside Bungalow.


‘Visiting Brookside bungalow is like visiting a temple,’ says Governor,  Satya Pal Malik as he visits the “Rabindranath Tagore’s Art Gallery” at Brookside Bungalow and paid his tribute to the poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
Tagore lover Mallik said, “Rabindranath Tagore is one with whom every Indian feels proud, coming to the place where he stayed and the things used by him is a great pleasure.”
Meghalaya Government recently has approached the Ministry of Culture for setting up of a Tagore Cultural Complex in Shillong as Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma met Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister for Culture and Tourism, and reportedly discussed the proposed Tagore Cultural Complex at Rilbong in Shillong.
Assuring to take up with the Prime Minister regarding introducing literary work of Tagore, when asked, the Governor said, “I am in touch with the Chief Minister, we are on the same line and we will do whatever is required.”
A century ago, the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, made his maiden visit to Shillong, the capital of undivided Assam. He spent three weeks at Brookside, a bungalow in the Rilbong locality, belonging to the then Chittagong assistant commissioner, Kiran Chandra Dey.
Stating that having a Tagore cultural centre will be a win-win situation for the state, Frederick Roy Kharkongor, IAS, Commissioner and Secretary Art and Culture said, “Rabindranath Tagore had a special connection with Shillong as he has visited this beautiful city for three times, his knowledge of greenery, eco-consciousness and his love for the hills, a spirit of humanity, oneness and unity these messages very much needed especially now as we are in midst of COVID 19 pandemic, so if we have space which is multicultural and a proper research a proper study can be done on the values that Tagore stands for it will be a legacy for the new generation and it will also infuse, the spirit of patriotism in the heart and mind of the people. “
Tagore had long spent time in the beautiful city, composing and writing some of his immortal masterpieces like Raktakarabi and the Shesher Kabita.
According to official documentation, Rabindranath Tagore had visited Shillong in 1919, 1923 and 1927, and had his longest stay at Brookside, a bungalow at Rilbong.
In fact, the Meghalaya government has proposed the Tagore Cultural Complex in the Brookside complex in Shillong. It would be the first Tagore Cultural Complex in Northeast India.