Shantiniketan, Tagore’s Karmabhoomi

Shantiniketan – peace home, Tagore’s Karmabhoomi – Tagore’s work place

Dec 22nd, 1901, Rabindranath Tagore (first nobel laureate of India) established Shantiniketan, 212kms north of Kolkata in Bolpur. It was his dream to provide open air, gurukul like atmosphere to the students instead of class room within four walls for studies. He named the University as Vishva Bharati, a place of Universal knowledge and culture.

According to him… In childhood we learn our lessons with the aid of both body and mind, with all the senses active and eager. When we are sent to school, the doors of natural information are closed to us; our eyes see the letters, our ears the abstract lessons, but our mind misses the perpetual stream of ideas from nature, because the teachers, in their wisdom, think these bring distraction, and have no purpose behind them … so the growth of the child’s mind is not only injured, but forcibly spoiled.

In Shantiniketan I saw how he implemented his ideas of education. Vast grounds, with huge shady trees, some buildings and a huge cordoned off area; it is here students sat around Tagore himself. Finally I was at my dream destination. Since my childhood days I had been hearing of this place, I had seen people who passed out of this university were looked upon with so much respect, lucky to have such opportunity in life. Most students from here are from arts and humanities fields.

The several departments here are: Vidya-Bhawan – a School of research Siksha, Cheena Bhawan – school of Sino-Indian studies, Kala-Bhawan – a School of fine arts, Sangeet Bhawan – a School of music and dancing, Sri Niketan – an institution of rural construction.


Once you reach here you will be flocked by a group of people who call themselves guides. Most buildings around this university are well marked with boards and description, but since the place is a huge one it is difficult to figure out where to start and where to end. No maps are provided. So a guide can be helpful in that respect alone, else it is best to explore on your own. The Shantiniketan grounds are open to public only the later part of the day, when school hours are over.

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48 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    it looks like a special place to spur creativity.

  2. Sylvia K says:

    What a wonderful post, Incrani! I've been an admirer of Tagore for years so this was of particular interest to me! Thank you for sharing! Hope you have a lovely week!

  3. Joop Zand says:

    I like this impression Indrani…. very well done.

    Greetings, Joop

  4. Your posts on West Bengal are inspiring me to plan a visit soon… Such an wonderful post…

  5. Carver says:

    Great post. Wonderful shots an interesting narrative.

  6. magiceye says:

    On my must visit list πŸ™‚

    All the more after going through your beautiful post!

  7. Tagore was most insightful writer and your photography is excellent ~ carol, xo

  8. ladyfi says:

    What a wonderful place – love that last building. Tagore is one of my favourite poets.

  9. eileeninmd says:

    Tagore is special and what a wonderful University! Thanks for sharing, wonderful photos. Have a happy day!

  10. A great idea!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  11. Tagore is one of my favorites! Thank you for showing me around!

  12. Beautiful and serene. Nice post.

  13. Interesting history about the Shantiniketan. such a great post…

  14. That's a great round up. I would love to be here someday. Simply because I am always mesmerized by historically valid places. Lovely post!

  15. snarkydesi says:

    I really need to visit Shantiniketan on my next visit to Kolkata!

  16. Viola says:

    An open air study sounds interesting. lovely photos! πŸ™‚ and a very special painted house the last one here! πŸ™‚

  17. What an excellent place. I feel as if I learn a lot about myself when walking around outside under trees.

  18. Kusum Sanu says:

    Want to visit this place!

  19. Bibi says:

    Looks like a place I'd blossom in.

  20. Jeevan says:

    Peace and tranquility prevails quite! Love to be there someday… beautiful capture on the environment and buildings.

  21. Anu says:

    Lovely post Indrani..makes me want to visit there!

  22. Pretty place to spend your time, the building are superb, but, the last one, it is so beautiful.

  23. Fly Girl says:

    What an impressive school! I'd love to visit someday, I like the learning principles.

  24. A splendid place, Indrani, thanks for sharing!

  25. Ohhh I can feel a return trip to India coming on! Wonderful post and I especially love the black and white building!

  26. preethi says:

    looks like such a calm and serene place…a place worthy of what it stands for and justifies its name πŸ™‚ never been there. loved the pictures

  27. I can feel the pride and patriotism flowing from the post. Thank You for sharing πŸ™‚

  28. Abhra Pal says:

    Beautiful post and always been a very favourite spot of mine. I will share my own pics with you sometime.

  29. had ti satisfy myself with the Tagore Bhavan on Kolkatta! Would love to make it to shantineketan, Did not know is 200 kms away from Kolkatta

  30. This place is so lovely…Now I have developed the urge to go there and next time when I cross Bolpur I will surely be there..

  31. Anil says:

    Wow! I hope to visit someday πŸ™‚

  32. Calm serene tranquil and inspiring. So nice you could visit this great place of learning.

  33. A place..where soul explores its inner beauty and wisdom!

  34. Lucky you :)Beautiful pics πŸ™‚

  35. Aditi says:

    I've always wanted to visit Shantiniketan. Lovely captures and an informative narrative!

  36. Good post. Truly Shantiniketan is a fountain of knowledge.

  37. Apurva says:

    This is something that students of the present miss out on. They are so busy engaged in updating their social network, and applying for scholarships and studying abroad. The love for nature, the very introduction to our body is derived from such gurukul experiences only.

    Great post.


  38. Shaivi says:

    Ah! Wish I can visit there someday!

  39. Excellent post. Perfectly photos.

  40. Read a lot about this place and your post has re-inforced by wish to go there once. Beautiful shots.

  41. brilliant captures..i hvnt been 2 dis place bt really wanna visit once, πŸ™‚

  42. Wish to be a student of this great insti atleast for a day in this life, TFS πŸ™‚

  43. Great collection and beautiful post.

  44. A tribute to Tagore. Great pictures to accompany your lovely post, Indrani.

  45. veeravista says:

    really wonderful, beautiful narration. nice blog.

  46. A part of Tagore's soul still lives on in the form of Shantiniketan … πŸ™‚

  47. Sandy says:

    Wow! What a beautiful place to learn.

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