Shantiniketan (meaning “abode of peace”) is one of the marvellous creations of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the great writer, artist, songwriter and educationalist. He was awarded the Nobel Literature laureate in the year 1913 and he was an important figure in Bengali Renaissance. In 1901, Tagore founded a school, and a university in 1921, popularly known as Visva-Bharati. This university became a centre for Bengali culture, focussing on art, humanities and contact with nature and revolutionary philosophy of breaking barriers between cultures, religions, castes, sexes, teachers and students, city and country, east and west.
Even today the University and school continue to follow Tagore’s principles, with about 10,000 students both Indian and International students enrolled, with a healthy coeducational atmosphere. The classes are held in the open air under campus trees, giving the students an open mind in the learning process. Besides being a university, Shantiniketan is a small town of leafy lanes, with a cultural and artistic ambience and some beautiful small scale industries. Let us take you to the heart of Rabindranath Tagore, one of the greatest literary minds to have lived on earth!
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