THI Mission

The House - Short Story

Rabindranath Tagore traveled to the west many times before and after receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature. He visited Urbana twice: in 1912-13, and in 1916.

Rabindranath Tagore sent his son Rathindranath, his son-in-law Nagendra Nath Gangopadhyay and his student Santosh Majumdar to study Agricultural Economics at UIUC. They received their degrees in 1909. Tagore’s son Rathindranath and daughter-in-law Pratima Debi also stayed in the same house, in 1912-1913.

Tagore’s visit(s) and stay in Urbana are well-documented. For a summary, see this article by Rini Bhattacharya Mehta (Tagore in Urbana Illinois).

The poet stayed in Urbana at 508 West High Street and called it to be his home and cited it as his permanent address in several of his letters to friends and family.

508 West High Street is the only residence that Tagore ever rented with his family, outside of India.

We acquired the house from a private resident in August 2021.

It is a small single-family two-story house, built around 1900, on the campus of UIUC, with a plan to build a foundation aligning with our vision and mission.

Tagore House, 508 West High Street , Urbana IL
The house where Tagore lived in Urbana, IL


  • Preserve and restore the historic private property once inhabited by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
  • Connect organizations/institutions who are conducting continuous research on Tagore and literary works.
  • Curate, archive Tagore’s work and his mission of connecting the east to the west.
  • Raise awareness of Tagore’s philosophy and education and their relevance today.
  • Build cross-disciplinary research work on Tagore and his beliefs on Universalism.

Philosophy behind the vision
In broad sense, THI looks to:

  1. Restore the historic private property at 508 West High Street on University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus that was once inhabited by Tagore.
  2. Develop the house for creative and sustainable uses for public enjoyment, education and inspiration.
  3. Create educational, artistic, and outreach programs at the venue, such as artist-in-residence, award for writers etc.
  4. Raise awareness of the legacy and relevance of Tagore’s universalism (ref (1), (2), humanism, and internationalism), in addition to his creative corpus – through research, collaboration, exhibits, publications, and events.
Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore


Our mission for the Tagore House centers around the vision of Tagore’s philosophy of bringing East and West together through his work. We are developing a mission statements for the 3-5-10 years to build on the vision of the Tagore House Initiative

The House

  • Onsite library, archive, study center, small seminar, gathering place
  • Establishing a Writers’ residency program.
  • Supporting scholarly exchange programs with academic institutions
  • Guesthouse for the visitors - (around the model of Kipling House or Frost Farm)
  • Historic Landmark recognition - State of Illinois (collaborating with Channing Murray Foundation)

  • Partnerships

  • Channing Murray Foundation, UIUC
  • Various private and public Tagore Centers and organizations,
  • Tagore programs and initiatives in other US Universities

  • Programs

  • Establish an International Conference around Tagore’s life, work and philosophy
  • Annual poetry festival and poetry reading
  • Organize regular funding drives and, applying for grants
  • Connect to Global outreach programs, networking,
  • Establishing friends of Tagore and Reviving Urbana’s Tagore Circle (1912-1916)

  • Our Committees

    We invite at least three to five volunteers to join our committees as members. Kindly reach out to the chairs of the committees at info@tagorehouse.org

    Program Committee

    The program committee bears the responsibility for overseeing the artists’ and writers’ residency, as well as coordinating academic and outreach events.

    Tagore House Committee

    The Tagore House committee assumes the responsibility of supervising the physical property, evaluating and reconstructing its intended use, ensuring accessibility, and refining the overall design.

    Funding & Grants Committee

    The Funding and Grants committee holds the responsibility of organizing fundraising initiatives, establishing networks, preparing grant applications, and soliciting donations.

    Tagore Vision for East/West

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    _ Rabindra Nath Tagore