Museum to come up at Sister Nivedita’s house – forgotten in Darjeeling by Bengal ?!!
From The Statesman
KOLKATA, 13, Aug, 2010: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has set forth a proposal to acquire the house on Bosepara Lane in north Kolkata where Sister Nivedita stayed and started her school in order to set up a museum there.
The Mayor Mr Sovan Chatterjee has shown keen interest in acquiring the building and converting it into a museum where articles used by her along with manuscripts of her books will be put on display. The civic authorities have taken up the matter with the Union ministry of culture and spoken to its secretary Mr Jawahar Sarkar. The KMC will also write to the Prime Minister, who heads the ministry regarding the matter.
The house on Bosepara Lane was declared as a heritage structure by the KMC over a decade ago. The house was frequented by Rabindranath Tagore, Professor Jagdish Chandra Bose and Lady Abala Bose, Sarala Devi Chaudhurani, editor of Bharati, Nandalal Bose and others. During the inauguration of her school Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda along with other brother monks were present. Nivedita who was a teacher at a school in Wimbledon came to India in 1898 at the request of Swami Vivekananda to set up a school for women in the city.
Nivedita played an important role in the Swadeshi movement and was close to the revolutionaries, many of whom often came to see her at this house. She had played an important role during an epidemic of the plague in north Kolkata, nursing and helping the sick and poor. She had written several articles for The Statesman, the most famous one being an article criticising Lord Curzon’s speech that he delivered at the convocation of Calcutta University.
Nivedita came to Darjeeling with Professor Jagadish Chandra Bose and Lady Abala Bose and died here on 13 October nearly a century ago in 1911.