On Feb. 18th, to celebrate my parents’ 25th anniversary, we went on a day trip to Shantiniketan.
Shantiniketan is situated at roughly 50 km from Durgapur, my hometown. It is home to Viswa Bharati, the unique educational institution that Rabindranatu Tagore, the much-famed Bengali poet, set up. Shantiniketan has seen footfalls of noted personalities throughout the Indian history. From Gandhi to Amartya Sen, this place has hosted many.
It was an honour to breathe in the same air that these people have breathed in, to stand on the same soil, same buildings where Tagore once walked.
We spent most of our time in the Rabindra Museum, knowing Tagore, understanding his life. The other part of our trip was spent inside the houses around the museum in which Tagore lived and hosted guests.
I also happened to witness a baul singing under a tree. Also, saw some great creative artwork like Slate Sketches in the adjacent Shonibarer Haat. Had the good fortune to watch Santhal women dance in the same hut.
Here are some pictures, relishing the moments of the day. Hope you like them!