Santiniketan, the place Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore constructed Visva-Bharati over a century in the past, has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Checklist. The world physique made the announcement in a publish on ‘X’ on Sunday.
“New inscription on the @UNESCO #WorldHeritage Checklist: Santiniketan, #India. Congratulations!” it posted.
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India has been striving for an extended to get a UNESCO tag for this cultural website situated in Bengal’s Birbhum district.
The choice to incorporate Santiniketan within the listing was taken in the course of the forty fifth session of the World Heritage Committee at the moment underway in Saudi Arabia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to as it a “proud second for all Indians”. “Delighted that Santiniketan, an embodiment of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s imaginative and prescient and India’s wealthy cultural heritage, has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Checklist. This can be a proud second for all Indians,” he posted on X.
There couldn’t have been a greater present on PM Modi’s birthday aside from the UNESCO itemizing, Cultutre Minister G Kishan Reddy mentioned. “The itemizing Congratulations. Santiniketan in West Bengal has been declared a World Heritage Web site by UNESCO. That is India’s forty first World Heritage website and India stands sixth on the World Heritage Checklist. No higher present on the 73rd Birthday of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hon’ble PM is the chancellor of the Visva Bharati and it’s beneath his dynamic management that the Ministry of Tradition is dedicated to the worldwide recognition of our monuments, websites, and locations that showcase our wealthy historical past and tradition,” Mr Reddy posted on X.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned she was glad and proud that Santiniketan has lastly been included within the UNESCO World Heritage Checklist.
“Biswa Bangla’s pleasure, Santiniketan was nurtured by the poet and has been supported by folks of Bengal over the generations. We from the Authorities of West Bengal have considerably added to its infrastructure in final 12 years and the world now acknowledges the glory of the heritage place. Kudos to all who love Bengal, Tagore, and his messages of fraternity. Jai Bangla, Pranam to Gurudev,” she posted on X.
“An immensely proud second for all residents of our nice nation and Bengalis all over the world. Could Bengal endlessly stay a shining beacon of hope, embracing the teachings and beliefs of Rabindranath Tagore,” Abhishek banerjee tweeted.
Famous conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah, who had labored on getting ready a file for its inclusion within the listing, mentioned she was “dancing with pleasure” after listening to the information.
“We had labored on the file in 2009 and, perhaps time wasn’t proper then, however we all the time believed in the fantastic thing about Santiniketan, and right this moment we really feel vindicated seeing it within the UNESCO listing,” she informed PTI.
Mumbai-based Lambah, a lot of whose works have obtained awards and recognitions from the UNESCO, mentioned that when the ICOMOS really useful for its inclusion within the listing, it was practically sure that it might occur.
A number of months in the past, the landmark website was really useful for inclusion within the UNESCO World Heritage Checklist by worldwide advisory physique ICOMOS.
The France-based Worldwide Council on Monuments and Websites (ICOMOS) is a world non-governmental organisation that includes professionals, specialists, representatives from native authorities, corporations and heritage organisations and is devoted to the conservation and enhancement of the architectural and panorama heritage all over the world.
Santiniketan, a college city over 160 km from Kolkata, was initially an ashram constructed by Rabindranath Tagore’s father Debendranath Tagore and anybody, regardless of their caste and creed, might come and meditate earlier than the one Supreme God, based on an outline of the landmark on the official web site of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Maharshi Debendranath Tagore was a number one determine of the Indian Renaissance. “Among the many constructions constructed by the Maharshi was the Santiniketan Griha and the attractive stained glass Mandir, or temple the place worship is non-denominational. Each constructions constructed within the second half of the nineteenth century are necessary of their affiliation with the founding of Santiniketan and the common spirit related to the revival and reinterpretation of non secular beliefs in Bengal and India,” the web site says.
Visva-Bharati, situated in Santiniketan, is without doubt one of the most prestigious universities in India with diploma programs in humanities, social science, science, high-quality arts, music, performing arts, schooling, agricultural science and rural reconstruction.
It was based by Rabindranath Tagore and was declared a central college and an establishment of nationwide significance by an Act of Parliament in 1951.
Visva-Bharati is the only real central college of West Bengal and the prime minister is its chancellor.