Birth of Tagore’s First Child ‘Bela’

Rabindranath and Mrinaiini’s first child Madhurilata, nicknamed Bela, is born in Jorasanko. Tagore was twenty six years old while her mother Mrinalini was thirteen.

His niece Indira Devi described Madhurilata whose nickname was Bela as a wax doll, a ‘momer putul’, writing, ‘Among Ravikaka’s children Bela alone has inherited his complexion.’

His sister-in-law Jnanadanandini, Satyendranath Tagore’s wife took them to her own residence in Park Street so that mother and baby could be given the latest in care.

Tagore described his daughter with much tenderness. He helped to bathe her himself while in the Park Street house. Later on while they were in Darjeeling, he wrote about waking her up for her night feeds of warmed up milk. ‘She would seize upon children of her own age with cries of delight.’

He published ‘Kori o Kamal’ when she was about a month old. Tagore wrote to his friend Srishchandra Majumdar, ‘My daughter has been given a name the day before yesterday. Her name is Madhurilata.’ There was some fanfare at the Rice ceremony on 25th July 1887, which cost about 371 Rupees at the time.

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