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September 18, 2023

UNESCO inscribes India's Santiniketan on UNESCO World Heritage List

Santiniketan, Unesco

Photo: Interiors of Upasana Mandir, Santiniketan. Image provided by & copyright © Abha Narain Lambah Associates / UNESCO.

Paris, France, September 17, 2023 — Santiniketan, a cultural site in Birbhum district, West Bengal, India, has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The site is well-known for the university town of Visva-Bharati, established over a century ago by poet Rabindranath Tagore.

The announcement was made on Sunday by UNESCO on ‘X,’ congratulating India on getting the UNESCO tag for Santiniketan. The country had been working towards securing this recognition for a long time.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee included Santiniketan in the UNESCO World Heritage List during its 45th session in Saudi Arabia. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) had made the recommendation. ICOMOS is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to conserving and enhancing heritage sites worldwide.

Rabindranath Tagore, a renowned poet and philosopher, founded Santiniketan in rural West Bengal in 1901. The institution’s primary goal was to promote the unity of humanity, transcending religious and cultural boundaries. In 1921, the institution became a “world university” named “Visva Bharati,” further solidifying its vision of creating a global community that values unity and diversity.

Visva-Bharati, located in Santiniketan, is one of the most prestigious universities in India, with degree courses in humanities, social science, science, fine arts, music, performing arts, education, agricultural science, and rural reconstruction. Visva-Bharati was declared a central university and an institution of national importance by an Act of Parliament in 1951. The Prime Minister of India is the University’s Chancellor.

Sources: UNESCO, Santiniketan


• UPDATE September 18, 2023

Unesco Heritage Hoysala

Photo: Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala’ in Karnataka, India, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Image provided by & copyright © INTACH Bengaluru Chapter / UNESCO.

‘Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala,’ the Hoysala temples of Belur, Halebid, and Somnathapura in Karnataka, India, have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The world body announced in a post on X on Monday, a day after Santiniketan, the famed place in West Bengal where poet Rabindranath Tagore built Visva-Bharati over a century ago, received the coveted tag.

“Just inscribed on the @UNESCO #WorldHeritage List: Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas, #India. Congratulations!” UNESCO posted on X.

Source: UNESCO

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