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Santiniketan : Added To The UNESCO World Heritage Sites List

Santiniketan : Added To The UNESCO World Heritage Sites List

Santiniketan, the home of late Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

  • Santiniketan is located in the state of West Bengal.
  • It was established in 1901 by Rabindranath Tagore.
  • It was a residential school and centre for art based on ancient Indian traditions.
  • In 1921, a ‘world university’ was established at Santiniketan, later recognised as ‘Visva Bharati’.
  • Visva-Bharati in Santiniketan is Bengal’s only central university whose chancellor is the Prime Minister.
  • It is distinct from the prevailing British colonial architectural orientations of the early 20th century and of European modernism.
  • It represents approaches toward pan-Asian modernity, drawing on ancient, medieval and folk traditions from across the region.

UNESCO World Heritage:

  • A World Heritage Site (WHS) is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention administered by UNESCO under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.
  • These sites are designated by UNESCO for having cultural, historical, scientific or other forms of significance.