Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

The Architectural Style of Shantiniketan
Prarthita Biswas, Prof. Dr. Jayanta Mete

In the beginning of the 20thcentury the Tagore’s of Jorasanko tried to create India’s own identity in many fields. Their contributions to the field of literature, art, aesthetics and architecture are relevant aspects of our common cultural past. Much before Santiniketan shot into prominence as a cultural arena, the family of Gaganendranath and Abanindranath Tagore, also being pioneers of the neo Bengal art movement, and Samarendranath Tagore initiated the process of intercultural fusion and assimilation of ideas at their Jorasanko house. Santiniketan is a unique example of a beautiful blend of various cultural influences, and this blend gives Santiniketan a character of its own that makes it stand out aesthetically and philosophically. It is very important that we return to appreciating it and studying for its purely aesthetic qualities and also as a model of architecture that is in a constant dialogical relationship with nature and ecology, where the man made constructions stand one with nature and not as an intrusion into it.

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