GURUDEV R N TAGORE AND TRIPURA
Rabindra Nath Tagore had a close relation with the kings and people of Tripura. It was Tagore who ventured to write a letter first to the Maharaja Birchandra Manikya (who ruled from 1862 to 1896 AD) in May 1886 with reference to old acquaintances between royal family of Tripura and Tagore family of Jorasanko of Calcutta, whick is now called Kolkata.
It is a matter of great pride for Tripura that the great pride for Tripura that the great poet made this tiny state immortal by writing two books on the Maharajas of the princely state.
The famous two books are:
(1)Mukut (It is a drama)
(2)Rajarshi (It is a novel)
Rajarshi is based on the life of Govinda Manikya which was dramatised into Bisarjan (sacrifice). The play (drama) ‘Mukut’ (crown) is based on the events of the reign of Amar Manikya. Tagore visited Agartala for seven times during the year 1900 to 1926 AD:
(1)First visit =27 March, 1900 AD
(2)Second visit = 5 November,1901 AD
(3)Third visit = 1 July ,1905 AD
(4)Fourth visit = 10 november,1905 AD
(5)Fifth visit =2 April, 1906 AD
(6)Sixth visit= 9 November,1919 AD
(7)Seventh (last) visit =26 February, 1926 AD
Gurudev Tagore paid the augustvisit to Agartala for the 6th times in 1919 at the cordial invitation of Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya, the son of Radha Kishore Manikya, the great friend of Tagore.
During his stay at Agartala, Tagore was invited to visit Umakanta Academy on November 10, 1919.Tagore visited the Academy where he was given grand warm reception.
During his last visit in 1926, Tagore was accorded warm welcome in the Umakanta Academy (the oldest school of the state). Tagore composed five songs on the spring season during his stay at Kunjaban Palace, now Rajbavan. Rajbavan is the official residence of Governor of Tripura.