Introducing Santiniketan (also spelled as Shantiniketan, Bengali : শান্তিনিকেতন), Birbhum, West Bengal is not only extraordinarily important but also difficult task because its creator Rabindranath Tagore had a complex personality and his creativity manifested itself in ever-changing and endless forms till the end of his life. Moving beyond literature, painting, education he was pioneer in rural reconstruction; he built up school and Visva-Bharati University of a new kind at Santiniketan on the basis of his own vision and ideals.

While Indian culture was fundamental to that education so was its wide acceptance of the outer world. Emphasis  on Indian culture was strong in early Santiniketan modelled on the forest schools of old, a hermitage. The school was started at the inception of the Swadeshi Movement.; it was turned into Santiniketan, Visva-Bharati at the end of the first World War with a determination to build friendships with nations despite the prevalent Non-Cooperation. Tagore declared aim of Visva-Bharati as ‘We are of the faith that Truth is one and undivided, though diverse may be the ways which lead us to it. Though separate path of pilgrims from different lands, arrive at the same stride of Truth. This we verily know. Knowledge flows in two streams – from the East and from the West. In their unity is perceived the oneness of Truth that pervades and sustains the entire universe. This we avow. In the realization of this oneness of Truth lies mighty gain, perfect peace and profound good of Man. This we truly believe. So unto this, Visva-Bharati we render our homage by weaving garlands with flowers of learning gathered from all quarters of the earth. To all devotees of Truth, both from the West and from the East, we extend our hand with love.’    more…