India's Santiniketan on UNESCO World Heritage List-Xinhua

India's Santiniketan on UNESCO World Heritage List

Source: Xinhua| 2023-09-18 14:56:45|Editor: huaxia

NEW DELHI, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- India's Santiniketan, a town where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore built the central university Visva Bharati over a century ago, has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, officials said.

The world body made the announcement on Sunday.

The decision to include Santiniketan in the list was taken during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee currently underway in Saudi Arabia.

Santiniketan was established in 1901 by Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore in the Birbhum district of West Bengal.

Santiniketan which means "abode of peace" was a residential school and centre for art based on ancient Indian traditions and a vision of the unity of humanity transcending religious and cultural boundaries.

"A 'world university' was established at Santiniketan in 1921, recognizing the unity of humanity or "Visva Bharati". Distinct from the prevailing British colonial architectural orientations of the early 20th century and of European modernism, Santiniketan represents approaches toward a pan-Asian modernity, drawing on ancient, medieval and folk traditions from across the region," reads the description provided by UNESCO.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed joy over Shantiniketan becoming part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

"Delighted that Santiniketan, an embodiment of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's vision and India's rich cultural heritage, has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is a proud moment for all Indians," Modi said in a statement.