Tagore Coined ‘Hawa Office’ Name For Met Office


Kolkata: There has always been a sweet connection between Nobel laureate Tagore and weather. He wrote ‘Rituranga’ celebrating the six seasons of Bengal highlighting the beauty of each season in unique way.
But many of us are not aware of the fact that Tagore had a deep connection with Alipore Meteorological Office.  Statistician Prashanta Chandra Moholanabis was the reason.

Mahalanabis was the director of Met office during that time. He invited Tagore to be a guest which the later obliged.  Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, deputy director-general of the Alipore Meteorological Office informed that from the year 1922 to 1926, Tagore stayed at the guest house of the Met Office.

The office was a red building built in English structure. The guest house was located at the second floor of the office. The bard used to stay the first room. During these four years, on a number of occasions Tagore had stayed here.

An exhibition room containing items used by Tagore has been kept. Apart from his poems, few manuscripts are in store. Few paintings have been kept along with still photographs. The chair that has been used by him is also on display. The sixth part of Roktokorobi has been written here.

The colloquial name of Met Office is Hawa Office, the name coined by Tagore himself. “So every year, the Met Office celebrates the birthday of its special guest with great enthusiasm,” said Bandyopadhyay.

There is a tree inside the garden of Met office under which Kabi Guru used to write. So every year the programme is celebrated inside the garden with great fervor.

Reporting by Souptik Banerjee

Edited by Sucheta Chakraborty

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