Santiniketan, the famed place in West Bengal the place poet Rabindranath Tagore constructed Visva-Bharati over a century in the past, has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Checklist. The world physique made the announcement in a submit on ‘X’ on Sunday.
“New inscription on the @UNESCO #WorldHeritage Checklist: Santiniketan, #India. Congratulations!” it posted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated the popularity was a “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. It is a proud second for all Indians,” he posted on X.
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. It is a proud second for all Indians. https://t.co/Um0UUACsnk
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 17, 2023
India had been striving for lengthy to get a UNESCO tag for this cultural web site situated in Birbhum district.
The choice to incorporate Santiniketan within the listing was taken within the forty fifth World Heritage Committee Assembly held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated she was glad and proud that Santiniketan has lastly been included within the UNESCO World Heritage Checklist.
“Biswa Bangla’s satisfaction, Santiniketan was nurtured by the poet and has been supported by individuals 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.
In a submit on X, the Archaeological Survey of India stated, “A momentous achievement for India as Santiniketan, West Bengal, has been formally inscribed on @UNESCO’s World Heritage Checklist, turning into forty first World Heritage Property of India.” Famous conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah, who had labored on getting ready a file for its inclusion within the listing, stated she was “dancing with pleasure” after listening to the information.
“We had labored on the file in 2009 and, possibly time wasn’t proper then, however we at all times believed in the fantastic thing about Santiniketan, and in the present day we really feel vindicated seeing it within the UNESCO listing,” she informed PTI.
Mumbai-based Lambah, lots of whose works have obtained awards and recognitions from the UNESCO, stated that when the ICOMOS really helpful for its inclusion within the listing, it was practically sure that it will occur.
Just a few months in the past, the landmark web site was really helpful 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 global non-governmental organisation that contains professionals, consultants, representatives from native authorities, corporations and heritage organisations and is devoted to the conservation and enhancement of the architectural and panorama heritage around the globe.
Santiniketan, a college city over 160 km from Kolkata, was initially an ashram constructed by Rabindranath Tagore’s father Debendranath Tagore, the place anybody, no matter caste and creed, may come and meditate on the one Supreme God, in keeping with an outline of the landmark on the official web site of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Debendranath Tagore, also referred to as ‘Maharshi’, that means one who’s each a saint and sage, was a number one determine of the Indian Renaissance, it says. “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 spiritual 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, training, agricultural science and rural reconstruction.
The college was based by Rabindranath Tagore. It 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.