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Shantiniketan – The Peaceful Dwelling of Rabindranath Tagore
Places of Tourist Interest
Rabindra Bhavan: Established in 1942, Rabindra Bhavan is a relatively new addition to the various bhavans of Shantiniketan. The Bhavan is located on the banks of River Kopai and has on display a collection of the personal belongings, books, pictures and even voice recordings of Rabindranath Tagore. In the general section, visitors can get a glimpse of the letters and paintings of renowned artists of the time as well as the well preserved manuscripts of the writings of Rabindranath Tagore.
Cheena Bhavan: This unique Bhavan is completely dedicated towards strengthening the relations between India and China. To improve the association of the two nations, the centre focuses on studying the various aspects of Chinese lifestyle, society and other aspects in depth. The place is often frequented by the various Chinese scholars; ho teach at the Visva Bharati University, to help the students and the staff working in this centre to better understand Chinese society and culture.
Patha Bhavan: Patha Bhavan is basically an educational complex which follows the rules and systems of the Gurukul teachings prevalent in the ashrams in ancient India. The Bhavan was set up in 1901 by Rabindranath Tagore himself and since then it has grown to become a renowned institution. The students gain knowledge in the midst of nature and are have every freedom to communicate and interact with the teachers. The unconventional manner of teaching the students is really nice to see, which is why visitors are attracted to this complex in large numbers.
Kala Bhavan: Kala Bhavan was established in 1919 by Rabindranath Tagore with the aim of enabling students to stud and research the visual arts of India. The Bhavan is a part of the Visva Bharati University complex and students are able to study subjects related to the art and history of India, which include history of art, painting, sculpture, graphics and artistic design. Students can choose between a graduate and a diploma course.
Things to Buy From Shantiniketan Shantiniketan is famous for its beautiful handicraft items and primarily the jewelry made form terracotta beads and iron wires. These can be purchased from the local markets of nearby villages, where they are custom made.
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