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Santiniketan: UNESCO World Heritage Site Recognizing Tagore’s Vision

Santiniketan, a remarkable institution with a legacy dating back to 1901 when Rabindranath Tagore founded it, is a testament to the synthesis of art, culture, and education in India. This article delves into the rich history of Santiniketan, its recent UNESCO World Heritage recognition, and its profound influence on India’s cultural landscape.

Visva Bharati: A World University

In 1921, Santiniketan transformed “Visva Bharati,” marking Tagore’s belief in humanity’s unity, transcending religious and cultural boundaries. This shift emphasized holistic education and artistic expression, nurturing well-rounded individuals.

UNESCO World Heritage Recognition: A Long-Awaited Honor

India had aspired to secure a UNESCO tag for Santiniketan for years, acknowledging its cultural significance. This dream became a reality when the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) recommended Santiniketan for inclusion in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list. The announcement was met with delight as the Union Minister for Culture and Tourism, G Kishan Reddy, shared the news.

A Proud Moment for India

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed his happiness at the conferment of UNESCO’s World Heritage status on Santiniketan. This recognition, achieved during the 45th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Saudi Arabia, was celebrated as a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore, India’s first Nobel laureate, and all those who have preserved his enduring message of unity.

Celebrating Santiniketan’s UNESCO Status

India’s ambassador and permanent representative to UNESCO, Vishal V Sharma, also took to social media to share the joy. He aptly described it as “a great day for all Indians” as Santiniketan found its place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

In conclusion, Santiniketan’s UNESCO World Heritage status is a testament to Tagore’s visionary ideals, unique approach to education, and embodiment of pan-Asian modernity. It symbolizes India’s rich cultural heritage and the enduring message of unity it conveys to the world.

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