Bengal is a land with an array of wonder attractions. In fact it is often said if one has not been to Bengal ever in his life, he is yet to discover the true essence of culture. Among the huge number of resources that contribute to Bengal’s rich culture, Shantiniketan definitely plays an indispensable role.
Shantinikeatan is a place that wrings a Bengali’s heart with all its soul searching music of Bengali folk culture. Bengalis’ cultural pioneer Rabindranath Tagore had given it a name and place in the world tourist map as a representative of Bengali heritage culture.
Shantiniketan does not only offer to our soul beautiful cultural masterpieces but also a wide array of beautiful nature soothes our eyes too. The honest and unpolluted beauty of rural Bengal enchants us.
Shantiniketan is situated near Bolpur in Birbhum District of West Bengal. Rabindranath Tagore chose this place to make his dream university Viswa Bharati for the place offers us a great sense pf serenity. The greenery of rural Bengal that Shantiniketan amazes us with is one of the greatest attraction for which a good number of tourists crowd there every year.
As Viswa Bharati welcomes a great number of foreign students, Shantiniketan becomes a great attraction for the foreign tourists also. As they get a small picture of unique Indian rather Bengali culture in Shantiniketan, they become quite more attracted to know the place. Shantiniketan plays a great role in prospering Bengal’s worldwide connections since the days of Tagore.
Bengali always had a great pride for the culture that they very carefully nourished since long time. Being a maker and representative of this culture Rabindranath Tagore and his creations had a great place in every Bengali’s heart. Shantiniketan is a place that echos Rabindranath and his ideas in every breath. Thus Shantiniketan remains to be almost a place of pilgrimage for every Bengali individual.
Not only Rabindranath’s songs and ideals, Shantiniketan has a great amount of rich craft possessions to offer. ‘Kantha-stitch’ and ‘ Batik Prints’ are two of these unique craft-tales that made Shantiniketan rather Bengal famous worldwide. This place also offers great leather works and handicrafts that usually have the cultural mark of Shantiniketan in every stitch .
Shantiniketan has nowadays become synonymous to the artist’s hub where many great artists from singers to painters to architects started their lives. Every road of Shantiniketan lead us to a cultural environment that a Bengali always dreams for.
Shanitiniketan was always famous for the soul-searching festival that take place there. Poushmela and Basanta-Utsav are most famous of them. Nowadays weekly market of ‘Shonajhurir Hat’ where we can witness some finest Shantiniketan crafts, are making headlines.
Every Bengali has Rabindranath Tagore in their hearts as well as Shantiniketan on their mind as a place for intellectual freedom. It gives the everyday-office-going, tired Bengali soul the nourishment that it yearns for. Shantiniketan has now become quite a popular place for weekend escapades for new as well as old members of bong generations.
It has been decades Shantiniketan keeps giving not only the Bengalis but the worldwide tourist population an unpolluted sense of relief. Thus Shantiniketan was always and will remain a must-visit destination for Bengalis for eternity as for them Shantiniketan has become synonymous to the soul-soothing effect of baul songs of rural Bengal that the place often amazes us with.