Santiniketan chronicles: Unesco heritage status adorns the idyllic haven

A functioning educational institute, it will have to navigate the challenges the heritage label presents


Photo credit: ISHITA AYAN DUTT

Ishita Ayan Dutt Santiniketan/Kolkata
Nestled in lush greenery, where trees have stood as silent witnesses to the ebb and flow of history, Santiniketan, steeped in avant-garde art and architecture, requires no formal introduction. The birthplace of Rabindranath Tagore's visionary alternative education concept has long captivated the world's imagination. Today, over a century later, it experiences a rekindling of its charm, akin to a cherished classic, read and reread by different generations, each imbuing it with fresh significance.

On September 17, during the World Heritage Committee meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Santiniketan was welcomed into the hallowed Unesco World Heritage List – becoming the 41st site in India and the third in West Bengal to receive the recognition (the other two are Sundarbans National Park

First Published: Sep 24 2023 | 4:50 PM IST

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