UNESCO team visits Santinekatan to assess world heritage tag

A UNESCO delegation made a two-day visit to Santinekatan to assess whether Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore`s abode of peace could be listed as a world heritage site, officials said here on Friday.

Last Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 20:48 PM IST

Santinekatan: A UNESCO delegation made a two-day visit to Santinekatan to assess whether Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore`s abode of peace could be listed as a world heritage site, officials said here on Friday.

Led by Kai Wisa, Head of the International Council for Monuments and Sites, the team evaluated Santiniketan as a prospective World Heritage Site, university officials said. After arriving here on Wednesday night, the delegation, accompanied by officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), visited the 150 acre complex of the Visva-Bharati University and its surrounding areas.
They made a detailed study of different places in the varsity like Rabindra Bhavana, Kala Bhavana, Upasana Griha, Patha Bhavana and Sangeet Bhavana. Besides holding a meeting with Vice-Chancellor Rajat Kanta Ray, where Wisa enquired about different sculptures and monuments in the sprawling campus, they also met all the heads of different Bhavanas (departments).

ASI had sent a dossier to the UNESCO earlier this year for inclusion of parts of Santiniketan on the world heritage site list. If accepted, the places that would get the world heritage tag under the `culture` category were the ashram complex, Uttarayan complex and the institutes of Visva-Bharati and Sriniketan.

PTI