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
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
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.