History of MUSTAFI BARI Cooch behar
Very old MUSTAFI BARI Cooch behar. Soumik Roy from Cooch Behar clicked the picture and we posted on our facebook page asking our readers to share the history of this house. Please read below what readers had to say.
Shree Baikuntha Chandra Mustofi , the Zamindar of Gobrachhara , Dakhsiner Bheta , married Smt. Durga Sundari Devi of Boda , Hisabiya family. They had two sons , Satish Chandra & Suresh Chandra , both of them later received the Title of Rai Chowdhury from the Maharaja of Cooch Behar , whatever so , the large house mentioned above by the previous authors was a palatial building belonging to Rai Chowdhury Satish Chandra Mustofi , this was a two-storied house , having a hansome portico & car-way & near about eight rooms(excluding the peripheral buildings & the large Cutchery House which also had a huge collection of manuscripts). This house also had a Fern House , Orchid House , a small Zoo , two ponds & a fruit-garden beside one of the two ,i.e., the large pond on it’s premises. The house also had beautiful furnitures & objects de art. This beautiful house was demolished & presently many structures had occupied it’s place , including a Nursing Home. It must also be added that Satish Chandra was a man of profound culture & he married Smt. Hemnalini Devi , the granddaughter of Shree Rajkrishna Bandopadhyay of Calcutta , the house in which Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar first made the effort to introduce Widow marriage.
The House presently seen in the photograph was owned by Rai Chowdhury Suresh Chandra Mustofi , a great enthusiast of Classical music. Suresh Chandra married Smt. Sarayubala Devi & they had a daugther , Smt. Rani Devi. Rani Devi was married to the reputed Advocate of Calcutta High Court , Shree Tarunanga Mohan Banerjee & presently their grandson , Shree Ashoke Banerjee & his son , Shree Aloke Banerjee(Debu) is looking after this property. In the above photograph only a part of this house is seen , it consists of about atleast 15-20 rooms. It is mentionworthy , they also possess a huge property in Gobrachhara , the glamorous edifices of which are now mostly in a dilapidated condition. Cooch Behar Archive (an organization in Cooch Behar) is trying hard for preservation of the property by requesting the Archaeological Survey of India & they had an Heritage tour over there in the previous year(2015).
Mr. Amarjyoti Majumdar :The Mustafis were land lords .The building is only a portion of the house .It is inherited by Mr. Banerjee ,a relative of the Mustafis, .The rest of the building has been sold by the Mustafis .After demolition of the building ,a nursing home and a complex have been built at that site .
Ms Samira Saha Mustafi :Amarjyoti Majumdar is correct Mustafi were the zamindar of Gobrachhora & high ranked employee in royal court of Cooch Behar The proper house was a majestic building with famous garden, opposite Gayatri Devi music school which is no more, as mentioned by Mr. Majumdar, who is next door neighbor. This part was donated to a daughter( Banerjee) It is not that big main house of our child hood.
Mr Mihir Kumar Saha : This house situated opposite side of palace fencing nearer to kachari. It heard that Mustafi was the high ranked employe of the Royal state of Cooch behar.