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
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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