The magnificent mansion located on 279, Rabindra Sarani and popularly known as the ‘Ghariwala Mullick Bari’ was originally owned by Madhusudan Sanyal. It earned its new name only after the transfer of ownership. It is easy to recognize the majestic building complete with an elegant clock, standing gracefully across the road from the Lohia Matri Sadan, northwards from Jorasanko area.
From the elegant entrance up to the top of the façade, crowned with the majestic clock, the Ghariwala Mullick Bari is a symbol of aesthetic beauty. Artistically designed with tall grooved columns and decorated with intricately created grills, long balconies and the innumerable marble statues, the massive building seems to be like a Gothic dream at the first sight.
The elegant porch leads to the open courtyard, decorated with selected plants. At the other end of the inner courtyard, surrounded by the colonnaded balconies, stands the Thakur Dalan, next to the marble statue of a Greek goddess. The upper level of the building, negotiable by a beautiful flight of stairs, is the ‘Andar Mahal’ or the private residential area. The Chequered floor and the tall walls are cramped with various types of exquisite antiques, marble figures, porcelain pots and vases, decorated garden chairs, hanging lanterns and oil portraits.
The movement of Bengali Theatre has its roots in the building and it played a leading role in the movement. Before moving to Shobhabazar Rajbari, the Ghariwala Mullick Bari was the site of the National Theatre, formed in 1872 for the Bengali theatre groups to perform in public. This was the place, where the first public commercial theatre in the city was arranged as early as 1872.During those early days of Bengali Theatre, tickets for the public performances at the venue used to cost Re 1 for the first-class audience and 8 annas or half a rupee for the second-class. It is said that, Moti Lal Mullick, the proprietor of the Theatre, was a collector of clocks and he collected countless variety of clocks of different ranges. History says, the famous play ‘Nil Darpan’, authored by Dinabandhu Mitra, was first staged here in 1897.Much later, Rabindranath Tagore’s play ‘Dakghar’, about a dying boy, Amal, who enriched the lives of those who came in contact with him, was also staged at this historical venue for the first time in 1917.
Today, the ground floor of the magnificent Ghariwala Mullick Bari, facing Rabindra Sarani, housed lots of shops like Mallick Medical Stores, Mallick Trading, Laxmi Auto Accessories, Amaron and others.