Bhausaheb’s Nagpur House

This beautiful sprawling bungalow, still standing, was the home of Lt. Col. Sir Nilkanth Shriram Jatar, CIE, DSO (and bar), IMS (popularly known as Bhausaheb) and is now occupied by a Judge of the High Court. This house, now called “Hiranyagarbh” was commensurate with Bhausaheb’s position at the Nagpur Jail. It was called “The Nest” at that time.

Nagpur House 16 Civil Lines Front View-2 230313
Nagpur House 16 Civil Lines Front View-2 230313

Bhausaheb stayed in this house from 1933 to 1946.

His second wife, Vimalabai Jatar (popularly known as Jiji and the mother of Bhausaheb’s six children, from 1933 to 1938, until she took ill with TB and started to live in a nursing home in Nagpur.

Air Vice Marshal Jatar (nick-name Bhayya), Dr. Sheila Bhagwat née Jatar,  Dr. Usha Thakar née Jatar, lived in this house from 1933 to 1938, and Brig. Arvind Jatar (nick-name Baba) from 1933 to 1936 after which he joined SSPMS (military school at that time.

An elder sister, Leela Talwalkar lived here from 1933 until her marriage in 1937/38 to Dr. Arvind Talwalkar, the well-known orthopedic surgeon from Mumbai.

Bhausaheb’s eldest daughter Indira (Indirabai Bhajekar nee Jatar) also lived here and matriculated from St.Ursula’s, Nagpur.  She was an educated lady, who got her degree from Fergusson College, even after her marriage.

Sadashiv (Balu) Jatar and Sudhir Chintamani Jatar (Maj Gen. SCN Jatar) lived here from 1933 to 1938.

Nagpur House 16 Civil Lines West View-230313
Nagpur House 16 Civil Lines East View-2 230313

Pictures and post by Maj Gen SCN Jatar, the youngest son and child of Bhausaheb.

3 thoughts on “Bhausaheb’s Nagpur House

  1. How lovely to see this! The eldest daughter Indira ( the future Indirabai Bhajekar ) also lived here and matriculated from St.Ursula’s, Nagpur. She went on to get her degree from Fergusson College, even after her marriage. We are proud that all Bhausaheb’s daughters were so highly educated, remarkable for those times.

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  2. Bal Kaka, thanks for your comment.
    Rama, true, it is something I am very proud of too, that my aunts are so well educated and accomplished, and as you mentioned it is something really great considering the times. A large part of the credit goes to Bhausaheb – Nita.

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