Netaji Bhawan in Kolkata

Netaji Bhawan Overview

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Netaji Bhawan once served as home to the renowned Indian nationalist - Subhas Chandra Bose. In 1961, this house was reconstructed and converted into a biographical museum by Netaji Research Bureau. Stocked with a wide collection of items related to Netaji, this museum has attracted and continues to attract countless visitors from different parts of the country and the world.

From outside, Netaji Bhawan appears like a typical Bengali house with tall pillars and spacious porticoes. At the entrance, there is a marble plaque that bears the name of Netaji's father- J. N. Bose. The main portico of the building has a replica of the imperial INA Memorial with the motto Ittefaq, Itmad, Kurbani imprinted on it. Netaji's belongings and bedroom on the first floor, Janakinath's large bedstead, and the articles and furniture used by Sarat Chandra Bose are preserved in their original condition.

From photographs to documents and articles, everything related to Netaji's life and works have been arranged in a chronological order. From a student at Cambridge to being a Swarajist, sojourn in Europe, visits to the Andaman Islands and prisoner at Mandalay, every important phase of Subhas's life has been depicted through pictures at the museum. Postage stamps, Azad Hind journals, Hindi translations of German military texts are some of the museum's many proud possessions.

Netaji Bhawan houses a library named 'Freedom Library', whose shelves are filled with Sarat Chandra Bose's marvellous collection of books. Besides books, this library has periodicals and documents from the entire freedom movement of India. One of the main highlights of Netaji Bhawan is the newly built auditorium called 'Sarat Bose Hall' that can easily accommodate 115 people. Special film-shows on Netaji and documentaries on the Indian struggle for freedom are shown on this auditorium. Within the premises of the bhawan, there is also an air-conditioned conference room that is used for conducting academic meetings as well as domestic and international conferences.

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38/2, Lala Lajpat Rai (Elgin) Sarani, Kolkata, 700020, West Bengal