Gupta Nivas
            Although the Gupta Nivas is no longer used for official purposes of  ISI, it has a rich history. It is located north of the main campus of ISI on the Barrackpore Trunk Road. This house along with a pond and the surrounding gardens originally belonged to the family of Abanindranath Tagore, a great artist, founder of the Bengal School of Art and nephew of the poet Rabindranath Tagore.


P.C. Mahalanobis with family in the Gupta Nivas in 1938

            P.C. Mahalanobis' association with the Gupta Nivas can be traced back  to 1936 when and his wife, Rani, came to reside here. Rabindranath came here and stayed with them on a number of occasions from 1936 till his death in 1941. There are many memorable songs and poems which were composed by Tagore while he stayed in the Gupta Nivas. Whenever the poet stayed here, visitors from across the country came to visit him. Subhash Chandra Bose came to see the poet more than once. In 1939 Jawaharlal Nehru met the poet here and discussed with him the National Anthem of free India. Other visitors to the Gupta Nivas included Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Raj Sekhar Basu, Sarojini Naidu, Jogendranath Sarkar, among others. Harold Hotelling, the statistician, stayed with the Mahalanobis family during 1939-40.


      Rabindranath (centre) with daughter Mira (left),                 Rabindranath with Rani
      Prasanta and Rani Mahalanobis in Gupta Nivas                        in Gupta Nivas

        After the Mahalanobis family moved to their newly renovated house at Amrapali in 1941, Abanindranath Tagore came to stay in the Gupta Nivas. He resided there till 1951, when he breathed his last. The house became a property of the Institute in 1954.
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