Kolkata: Soon, Jorasanko Thakurbari, home to a campus of Rabindra Bharati University as well, would get its own light-and-sound show, the work for which is almost complete. The Bengal Tourism Department is overseeing setting up of the equipment for the state-of-the-art 3D shows. The shows would commence this winter.
According to the vice-chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, the shows would take place all through the year, except during the rainy season. Rs 1.4 crore has been spent for setting up the infrastructure.
Similar shows used to take place years back but the present set-up is a complete change in terms of the whole get-up.
The new shows would be 3D shows. They would present the life and times of Rabindranath Tagore and scenes from the heydays of the Thakurbari, whose members during the 19th century were an integral part of the Bengal Renaissance, through a series of life-like images composed of light and laser beams, accompanied by songs composed by Rabindranath Tagore.Bits of songs sung by Ramkumar Chattopadhyay, Ustad Rashid Khan, Lopamudra Mitra, etc. would be used. The narration would be voiced by Soumitra Chattopadhyay, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, etc. Even Tagore’s own voice would be used in places.
The façade of Thakurbari would be used as the screen for the light-and-sound show. Still images to be used for the shows have been collected from the Rabindra Bharati University archives.
Some of the greatest writers, poets, artists and philosophers of not just Bengal, but India, and in some cases, the world, were members of the Thakur or Tagore family of Jorasanko.
At a time, 80 to 100 people would be able to view a show. Two shows per day would take place, starting from 7 pm. Initially, all the shows would be in Bengali. Later on, English and Hindi shows would be introduced. Tickets have to be bought for the show, separate from the one bought for the museum at Jorasanko Thakurbari.