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Home where Rabindranath Tagore found inspiration for his Epic ‘Gitanjali’ is now in ruins

Tagore used carriages lifted by men to reach 'Mahesh Khan', his home, which is 82,000ft above sea level

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  • Mahesh Khan is now home to leopards and leeches. Some furniture was stolen, others devoured by termites
  • Mahesh Khan is special to Tagore because it was there he conceptualised Gitanjali
  • Senior officials of the Forest Department of the Uttarakhand government say that there are no discussions or plans regarding renovation of the home

A dilapidated home in the dense forest of Uttarakhand, where leeches and Leopards now crawl and roam, is the same place where Rabindranath Tagore once found inspiration for this Epic ‘Gitanjali’.

Tagore named the home ‘Mahesh Khan’ where now jungle creepers and weeds have now taken over, and female leopards found it a great spot to deliver babies. When the wild cats left the place, deer took shelter during winter and rains. When the roof collapsed due to neglect and rains, leeches grew in abundance in the slush.

The big stones on which the Bard from Bengal wrote beautiful songs by using charcoal are either lost or stolen by those who discovered it first. Not just that, the furniture too. The mahogany reclining chair where his terminally ill daughter Renuka used to look at the stars  was stolen too.

Rabindranath Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Gitanjali or “an offering of songs” is a collection of 157 poems and was published on August 14, 1910. It became very famous in the West and was widely translated.

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“Mahesh Khan is special to Tagore because it was there he conceptualised Gitanjali. Tagore also composed several children’s poems, eventually compiled and published as Sishu (The Child, 1903). The English title was later changed to The Crescent Moon,” said Nasreen, a Kolkata-based Tagore researcher to Firstpost.com.

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Historian Prasanta Paul, who meticulously chronicled the bard’s life, mentioned Tagore’s journey to Nainital and how he used carriages lifted by men to reach Mahesh Khan, which is 82,000ft above sea level.

Krishna Dutta and Andrew Robinson, the authors of the biography titled Rabindranath Tagore — The Myriad Minded Man, claim that the journey to Mahesh Khan was long and difficult, the poet sometimes carrying his ailing daughter in his arms. He kept her entertained and cheerful, for she was moody and high-strung.

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Renuka, Tagore’s daughter whom he affectionately called Rani, was 10-and-a-half years old when her father married her to a husband she had never met but in 1903, i.e. two years later, he returned with Renuka to Mahesh Khan as she was recuperating from tuberculosis. Doctors had advised that the Himalayan air would do her good. “He hoped the change of climate will help Renuka recover. But it did not happen,” said Tagore historian Professor Sitabrata Chattopadhyay to Firstpost. Renuka died in September 1903, the same year she visited ‘Mahesh Khan’.

Nasreen also adds that on his 154th birth anniversary, last year, in 2015, there was a plan to create a Tagore trail connecting Ramgarh, Almora, Ranikhet and Mahesh Khan but the move initiated by the Uttarakhand government failed for unknown reasons.

Senior officials of the Forest Department of the Uttarakhand government said, there are no discussions or plans regarding the renovation of the home.

-prepared by Ajay Krishna, an intern at NewsGram. 

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An Introduction To Interior Design

Design is a lifestyle. Man lived within and surrounded by design- the design of life, the design of nature, the map of the city, the building and well, the interiors. Today, we are here to talk about interior design and its various aspects. Simple or magnificent design is design. The right choice of wall colours, flooring, placement of furniture and decorations is interior design. Although it is more than creativity or innovation, interior design has a scientific ring to it. Hence, the whole concept is the science and art of regulating and executing the architectural interiors and their furnishings. 

As we have talked to the latest Interior designers in Bangalore according to them an interior designer is a professional in this field who has the right qualifications and is licensed to practice interior designing. As a professional interior designer one will analyze the programmatic data, ascertain a theoretical direction, filter and polish the design objective and present graphic communications and construction credentials. 

Interior designers usually supervise the projects from top to the end and serve the following functions:

  • Develop the concept and theme with the client.
  • You are sketching out plans and sourcing vendors and materials.
  • You are synchronizing the requirements with builders and architects.
  • They are directing the placement and arrangement of furnishings and décor items. 
  • We are evaluating the result with clients to ensure contentment. 

Principles Of Interior Designing 

It might not have been conscious, but the concept of interior designing has existed since human habitation. With time, styles and trends have evolved and gone back and forth, but there are certain principles still conformed to by professional interior designers.    

1. Focal Point: This refers to a room having a chief centre of visual interest that would attract significant attention. All the other elements can be arranged concerning the main feature, which could be a big window or fireplace or maybe a bookcase. A focal point can also be created by grouping several pictures on the wall or hanging lights. This principle gives the room a personality. 

2. Unity: All the rooms in the house may sport its personality, but at the end of the day, it should look like it belongs to the house as one single unit. This can be achieved by perhaps having a common feature like similar flooring, identical window treatments, etc. or theme.

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3. Colour: Colour is known to affect human beings psychologically and physically; it sets a mood. The colour in a room gives it an identity. Colour used in the place can light it up or cool it down, unify spaces, outline focal points, enhance the room’s proportions and much more. The shade depends upon the lighting in the room, its purpose, the theme and the size of the room. 

4. Balance: balance refers to the equivalent allocation of visual weight in a given space. Balance namely has three styles- Radial, Symmetrical and Asymmetrical. In a radial, balanced room, all the design items are set out around a core point. Symmetrical balance is an old school and traditional style wherein the identical objects are placed in the same position on either side of the vertical axis. Asymmetrical style is in the trend now as it showcases the arrangement of different items that have the same visual weight or attraction. It is a more casual approach. 

5. Rhythm: just like in music, interior designing rhythm refers to the repeated use of visual patterns to show continuity and organized movement. To achieve this, a professional interior designer will think of four dynamics- contrast, repetition, transition and progression. The difference makes the items stand out by the opposition. Repetition can be the recurrence of a particular colour, line, pattern or texture. Transition refers to the smooth flow in concept which guides the yes gently from one object to the other in the room. Lastly, progression refers to increasing or decreasing one or more equalities of an element to make it fit in. 

6. Details: paying heed to details enhances the overall feeling of a room, thus making it look more complete and chic.

7. Scale And Proportion: Scale and proportion go hand in hand as it is an indication towards shapes and size. It concerns the ratio of one design element with another or the whole or the size of one item in comparison to the other. 

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Wrapping-Up

Designing your interior is a one-time thing, and it is a fruitful investment. The main motive of the practice is to use the space available effectively in addition to making it visually more appealing. A professional in this field not only has skills but also contacts that can avail you discounts. They will know what is best for your abode or office while keeping in mind how you have visualized it to be.