Sharmila Tagore, we have only known her to be an actress, a Padma Bhushan awardee, wife of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the Nawab of Pataudi and former captain of the Indian cricket team and mother of Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan, but what we didn’t know is that ‘She has a Northeast connection’.
Did you know that Sharmila’s mother, Ira Tagore (née Barua) came from an Assamese family while her father, Gitindranath Tagore belonged to a Bengali family. Both of her parents were distantly related to the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
In fact, Sharmila Tagore is more closely related to Rabindranath Tagore through her mother: her maternal grandmother Latika Barua (née Tagore) was the granddaughter of Rabindranath Tagore’s brother Dwijendranath Tagore.
Sharmila’s maternal grandfather (husband of Latika Barua née Tagore) was Jnanadabhiram Barua, the first Principal of Earl Law College in Guwahati (now known as Government Law College), himself the son of the noted social worker Gunabhiram Barua.