Rabindra complex :Dakshindihi, Phultola, Khulna
AuthorRaham, Chowdhury Tasneem
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Human civilization from an early age has been influenced by different philosophical developments whether that is through its literal, cultural, social or architectural aspects. Art and literature which is a media for such philosophical development thus plays a vital role in molding the lives and lifestyles of the people. Among some of the great pioneers of the 19th and the 20th century who catalyzed such development, was Visya Kabi(Poet of the Universe) Rabindranath Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore is a charismatic versatile in the world of literature. His work seems to touches the souls of Bengalis and gives rise to a new formed passion for literature. However, his role in the innovation of educational ideas has been eclipsed by his fame as a poet. An important parcel of the life of the great poet remains amidst the outskirts that lie between Jessore and Khulna in the district of Dakshindi,Phultola which houses the Residence of the Father-in-Law of the great poet. In 1995,through an initiative adopted by the district commissioner Riazul Haque and few other art lovers, the directorate board proposed the construction of a Cultural institute that would conserve the existing structure and provide a place that would act as a center for cultural practice in which all creative and different socio-cultural activities can be organized and performed. The dwellers of a community also want a place where they can gather and exchange their views and thereby cultivate their aesthetical feelings. Proposing such a complex would also require an attempt to understanding of Tagore’s philosophy and incorporating his educational thoughts and therefore find a way of design that fit in aesthetically with the social or natural environment. The design must also respect and conserve the existing building (Rabindra Bhaban) and thus present Rabindra Complex as a conservation project.