Santiniketan, the renowned cultural hub nestled in West Bengal, has achieved a significant milestone by securing a coveted spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The announcement of this prestigious inclusion was made by UNESCO on its official platform on a Sunday.
UNESCO's Official Announcement
In a tweet, UNESCO proudly declared, "New addition to the @UNESCO #WorldHeritage List: Santiniketan, #India. Congratulations!" This recognition has been a long-cherished aspiration for India, particularly for the Birbhum district, where Santiniketan is located.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Expresses His Delight
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his delight at Santiniketan's inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List, stating, "Delighted that Santiniketan, an embodiment of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's vision and India's rich cultural heritage, has been inscribed on the @UNESCO World Heritage List. This is a proud moment for all Indians." His words encapsulate the significance of this achievement for the nation.
Decision Taken in Riyadh
India had long been striving for UNESCO recognition for Santiniketan, a cultural treasure in Birbhum district. The decision to include Santiniketan in the prestigious list was taken during the 45th World Heritage Committee Meeting held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
West Bengal Chief Minister's Pride
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed joy and pride in the news. She remarked, "Biswa Bangla's pride, Santiniketan, was nurtured by the poet and has been supported by the people of Bengal over the generations”.
Archaeological Survey of India's Celebration
The Archaeological Survey of India celebrated this momentous achievement, declaring it "a momentous achievement for India" and marking Santiniketan as India's 41st World Heritage Property. Noted conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah, who played a pivotal role in preparing the dossier for Santiniketan's inclusion, couldn't contain her joy.
A few months ago, the landmark site was recommended for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a France-based international non-governmental organisation.
Santiniketan's Rich History
This historic site was founded over a century ago in 1901 by the illustrious poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore. Santiniketan's architectural style stands apart from the prevailing British colonial and European modernist influences of the early 20th century.
Today, Santiniketan has blossomed into a serene and picturesque town, with its university at its heart, attracting tourists seeking a blend of knowledge and aesthetic brilliance.
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