Tagore’s Visva-Bharati likely to be part of UNESCO World Heritage Site

After the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Visva-Bharati University sent a dossier to UNESCO for it to recognize the varsity as a World Heritage Site, a delegation from UNESCO visited Oct 25 the varsity established by Rabindranath Tagore in West Bengal to assess technical details. The seven-member team comprised members of two advisory bodies including the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They visited traditional landmarks within the Visva-Bharati campus  such as the Kanch Mandir Upsana Griha, Shantiniketan Bari (the first building that housed Debendranath Tagore and his family), Uttarayan complex, Kala Bhavana, Sangeet Bhavana and all other structures built by Rabindranath Tagore as part of his dream university. The team also met with Vice-Chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty. This is the Union Culture Ministry’s second appeal to the UN body to secure the status of a World Heritage Site for Santiniketan. Renovation of various traditional buildings and invaluable sculptures scattered all over the university is underway and the central government sanctioned about Rs 3 crore for this purpose. A total of 24 buildings and architectural renovations that have the potential to be collectively listed as World Heritage Site are under renovation. The varsity authorities have also formed their own committee for this very purpose.

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