Shillong, Nov 27 (UNI) Brookside, the house where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore began writing his 'Shesher Kobita' in 1919 here, has been declared as 'Rabindranath Tagore Art Gallery,' a government official said today.
Brookside is a sprawling country mansion located in a woody groove in a secluded area of the city, encircled on three sides by the deep gorges of the Umshyrpi stream. The mansion was host to the Kabi-Guru' during one of his visits here in the early years of the last century.
Chief Minister D D Lapang had assured the need to preserve the place in all its glory and establish a Rabindranath Art Gallery.
The chief minister said, the landscape surrounding the structure will be protected with technical assistance from Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata.
''The scenic environment and landscape of the place will be preserved,'' Mr Lapang assured. The hill resort, which he had visited thrice in his lifetime, was a great favourite of Tagore who wrote many a story, poem and songs while relaxing in cosy bungalows in various locations here.
A table used by the poet wass preserved at the Tripura Castle, a major attraction for tourists. The natural beauty all around the pristine hill station also finds ex-pression in the universal poet's ''Shillonger Chithi'' (The letter from Shillong).