The century-old iconic Pushpabanta Palace, constructed by an erstwhile Maharaja of Tripura, is being developed as a national-level museum and cultural centre.
Nestled on a small hillock within the capital metropolis, the outdated heritage construction was inbuilt 1917 by Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya, who himself was a painter and used the picturesque palatial residence as a studio. It additionally doubled up as a visitor home of the Manikya kings.
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Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, who had shut ties with the royal household, visited Tripura seven occasions. Throughout his final go to to the state in 1926, Tagore stayed on the Pushpabanta Palace.
Tagore’s eightieth birthday was celebrated right here by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya throughout a programme in Might 1941, consultants mentioned.
Paperwork associated to Tagore’s go to to the Pushpabanta Palace, and excerpts of his work can be displayed on the proposed museum.
After the princely state merged with the Indian union in 1949, the 4.31-acre palace was transformed into the chief commissioner’s bungalow after which the Raj Bhavan until 2018. The Raj Bhavan was lastly shifted to a brand new constructing in 2018.
State Tourism Minister Pranajit Sinha Roy mentioned Rs 40.13 crore has been sanctioned to develop the heritage construction as Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya Museum and Cultural Centre.
He mentioned it will showcase the wealthy heritage of all of the northeastern states, Southeast Asian fantastic arts and up to date pictures, together with nationwide and worldwide archives.
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“It might be totally local weather managed and CCTV-monitored, and one among the many few within the nation with real looking digital experiences. Our authorities is dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage and the immense contribution of the royal dynasty of Tripura,” he mentioned.
Government Engineer of Tripura Tourism Division, Uttam Paul, mentioned the constructing facade has a powerful British colonial affect with neo-classical options.
The palace is a three-storied constructing constructed with brick-load bearing partitions set in lime mortar. It has a big floor ground measuring 1,114.7 sq. metre and a small first ground of 159.25 sq. metre.
“The Pushpabanta Palace constructing itself is a vital merchandise of historical past and needs to be retained with minimal structural modifications in order that its structure could also be appreciated by the guests from inside and out of doors,” Paul mentioned.
The secretariat constructing close to the entry gate is proposed for use as a cloak room, cafeteria, library and memento store.
There are plans to transform the bottom ground of the Durbar Corridor into an archive retailer, together with analysis services and restoration labs.
Paul mentioned the palace museum, which is the unique construction, would characteristic elements just like the Tripura gallery – showcasing historical past of the royal household and the state, the Rabindranath Tagore gallery, a pictures gallery and the Northeast India gallery.
Panna Lal Roy, a author, who chronicled Tagore’s ties with Tripura’s Manikya dynasty, mentioned: “5 of the Nobel laureate’s well-known songs had been composed in Tripura, when he visited as a visitor of the royal household. The kings additionally contributed generously to the development of the Visva-Bharati College (in Bengal’s Shantiniketan).
“Tripura’s final ruler Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya conferred on him the title of ‘Bharat Bhaskar’ only a month earlier than the bard handed away.”
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