Shantiniketan means the ‘place of peace’, and is a small town in West Bengal, 3 hours train ride from Kolkata. The town is famous as the location of ‘Vishva-Bharati’ University, created by the poet and social-visionary, Rabindranath Tagore. It is one of the most important cultural centres of Bengal. The university was created from Tagore’s vision of education connected to nature, with an importance placed on art, music and culture, and the all-round edvelopment of the students.
It really is a beautiful, peace place, and as you walk around, you will see classes happening in classrooms under trees, students practising theatre outdoors, and buildings painted in traditional styles. There are sculptures, murals, and artwork all around. There is also a museum showing the history of the university and Tagore’s life.
Many students of the university have gone on the become well-known musicians, artists, economists, etc.