'Is it Cheena Bhawan?' asked a curious Pranab Mukherjee, union finance minister, when he saw an old black and white photograph of a building from Shantiniketan.
Quickly he was told that the photograph was that of Kalo Bari, a unique structure that was made of mud and coal tar and built as a students' hostel at Shantiniketan, set up by Rabindranath Tagore.
With an appreciative nod, Mukherjee proceeded listening attentively to curator Samuel Berthet at the photo exhibition: 'Tagore: The Universal Message'.
The unpublished photographs were taken between 1932 and 1940, the period when Alain Danielou and his companion Raymond Burnier lived in Shantiniketan and eventually settled there. The photographs showcase various buildings and structures apart from people at the Shantiniketan.
Mukherjee, who heads the Centre's national implementation committee to celebrate Tagore's 150th birth anniversary', also released a book 'Rabind-ranath Tagore: A Timeless Mind', published jointly by the Tagore Centre, London and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). Later addressing the inaugural session of 'Tagore's Vision of the Contemporary World', Mukh-erjee said, "Tagore remains a radiant presence in our lives", (even) a 150 years after his birth and 70 years after his demise.