Shantiniketan : UNESCO World Heritage Site Tag
Santiniketan in West Bengal has been recommended for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
- Santiniketan is a renowned cultural and heritage place located in Birbhum District, West Bengal, India.
- It holds historical significance and is known for its association with Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
- It was the home of Rabindranath Tagore, where he lived and composed many of his literary works, including songs, poems, and novels.
- The Santiniketan campus is adorned with splendid sculptures, frescoes, murals, and paintings created by renowned artists such as Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar, Binodbehari Mukhopadhyay, and others.
- Santiniketan celebrates unique festivals like Briksharopan (festival of Planting Saplings) and Halakarshan (festival of Plowing the Fields) on the 22nd and 23rd days of Sravana (August), respectively.
- Varshamangal, the festival of rains, is celebrated during August/September.
- Poush Mela is an annual fair and festival held in Santiniketan, starting on the 7th day of the month of Poush.
- The fair officially lasts for three days, but vendors may stay until the end of the month.
- It is known for live performances of Bengali folk music, particularly by bauls (traditional wandering minstrels), and also features tribal dances like Santali.