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UNESCO Recognizes Santiniketan, India, as a World Heritage Site

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UNESCO Recognizes Santiniketan, India, as a World Heritage Site

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Celebrates the Cultural Legacy of Rabindranath Tagore
In a momentous announcement, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has added Santiniketan, India, to its prestigious World Heritage List. This recognition is a testament to the profound cultural and historical significance of Santiniketan and its connection to the visionary poet and philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore.

UNESCO's official announcement was met with jubilation and congratulations from around the world. The organization took to social media to declare the news: "🔴BREAKING! New inscription on the @UNESCO #WorldHeritage List: Santiniketan, #India 🇮🇳. Congratulations! 👏👏."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his delight on this remarkable achievement. In a tweet in Bengali, he said, "একথা জেনে আনন্দিত হলাম যে, গুরুদেব রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুরের স্বপ্ন ও ভারতের সমৃদ্ধ সাংস্কৃতিক ঐতিহ্যের মূর্ত রূপ শান্তিনিকেতন উৎকীর্ণ হয়েছে @UNESCO বিশ্ব পরম্পরা তালিকায়। সব ভারতীয়ের কাছেই এ এক গর্বের মুহূর্ত।" (Translation: "I am delighted to share that the dream of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and the rich cultural heritage of India have found a tangible form as Santiniketan is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is a moment of pride for all Indians.")

Santiniketan, located in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, is renowned for being the abode of Rabindranath Tagore and the birthplace of Visva-Bharati University. The unique cultural and educational institution was founded by Tagore in 1901 and continues to thrive as a hub of art, literature, and philosophy.

The recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site underscores Santiniketan's enduring influence on Indian culture and its contribution to global thought. The institution has served as an incubator for creativity and intellectual exploration for generations, leaving an indelible mark on the world of literature, music, and the arts.

This prestigious designation is a source of immense pride for India, reaffirming the nation's commitment to preserving its cultural heritage and sharing it with the world. Santiniketan's inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List is not only a celebration of its rich history but also an invitation to the global community to explore and appreciate the enduring legacy of Rabindranath Tagore and the vibrant cultural tapestry of India.