Dwarkanath Tagore’s burial site

This is the first of a series of short pieces from our London correspondent Sarbajit Mitra. While pursuing a PhD at SOAS, he has been exploring London and other areas, posting updates on facebook as he goes. He has given Heritage Walk Calcutta permission to share some of his updates on our blog.


Dwarkanath Tagore‘s burial site

Location: Kensal Green Cemetery


The Grave of Dwarkanath Tagore. P.C.: The Author


He is dead of having desired to live too fast. The burial lasted the whole day: The Queen and the Cabinet had sent carriages. All the high class in its entirety was there, and to each participant were donated veils of black silk which they retained. These are kinds of scarves which became part of everyone’s dress during the ceremony. Because of the religion of the Baboo his body has not been taken care of by any church. He has been buried in the general cemetery which is going to become a sort of Père Lachaise. . .

Excerpts from a letter by Comte Feuillet de Conches to his wife.

Dwarkanath Tagore, a forgotten pioneer: A life, Krishna Kripalani


The red sandstone structure behind the grave is likely the unmarked grave of Kabindranath Tagore. Kabindranath was Satyendranath and Jnadanandini‘s son, who passed away prematurely at Brighton.


Unmarked Grave. P.C.: The Author


About the Author: Sarbajit Mitra completed his M.Phil from the Department of History at Jadavpur University in 2014, after which he worked as a Research Fellow on the collaborative AHRC project between University of Exeter and Jadavpur University, Famine and Dearth in India and Britain, 1550-1800: Connected Cultural Histories of Food Security. Currently he is pursuing his PhD in History at SOAS, London. His intellectual interests lie in the histories of colonial cities, cultures of the body, visual culture, and post-colonialism.


  1. The Tagoreans, the oldest Bengali cultural organisation in the UK, cleaned the cemetery of Prince Dwarkanath Tagore in 1990. Before 1990, this cemetery was covered in overgrowth. The inscriptions had faded so much that you couldn’t read anything on the gravestone. One of the founders of the organisation, late Mr Tapan Gupta, had arranged to clean the overgrowth, paint the mausoleum and restore the inscriptions. The members of the Tagoreans had gathered at the mausoleum on 4th August 1990 to pay their homage to this revered entrepreneur of India.


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