Bhuban dacoit & Shantiniketan

23 Mar


Once upon a time today’s Shantiniketan was known as BhubanDanga, which was the den of a local dacoit named Bhuban. “Danga” means a vast unfertile plane land. The land was owned by the Tagore family. Rabindranath Tagore’s father, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, renamed it as Shantiniketan, which means abode (niketan) of peace (shanti).

Shantiniketan1bu2.jpgPath Bhavan (Above) & Basant Utsab during Holi, festival of colours

Rabindranath Tagore started an open air school there for children named as “Path Bhavan”. Tagore’s idea was that of learning in a natural environment, in the open, under the trees, would be more closer to nature. Classes in the open still in vogue there.

Khowai, Shantiniketan

Khowai, Shantiniketan

After Tagore received the Nobel Prize in 1913 for literature (for the book Gitanjali), the school was expanded into an university named as Visva Bharati. Today Visva Bharati is one of the renowned universities, which attracts thousands of students each year. Shantiniketan is also a tourist attraction because Rabindranath wrote many of his literary classics here.

Shantiniketan3aThis building was built by Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore

First woman Prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi, renowned film director Satyajit Ray and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen are among its most illustrious students.

Rabindra Bhavan, the useum from where the Nobel Medallion was stolen

Rabindra Bhavan, the useum from where the Nobel Medallion was stolen

Adda during Off period

The most prestigious possession of Shantiniketan, the pride of the nation, the “Nobel Prize” medallion of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore which was in display in the ‘Rabindra Bhavan’ (Museum) till it was stolen in the beginning of 2006 and it was done so precisely that country’s top investigating agency too failed to trace it.

Though BhubanDanga has undergone lot many changes in the past but Bhuban dacoit, it seems, has left his legacy and still alive through his modern day decoits who unlike Bhuban decoit, are with us in the society, in disguise. These decoits are more dangerous than the Bhuban decoit because they are in disguise and CBI too failed to find them.

UNESCO will soon declare Shantiniketan as a world Heritage site.

(Visited Shantiniketan  in March 2008)(Some picture taken from Times of India)



4 responses to “Bhuban dacoit & Shantiniketan

  1. Sanjana Shah

    04/04/2008 at 10:37 PM

    hey Anil. thanks for stopping by. I lost my Dad in Dec 2006, post that i have not been myself and it has been difficult to write anything. i thouht writing would help me forget but that was not to be . instead i just forgot how to write. im only just getting back to it. though its a post i posted in Dec i wrote it much before dad passed away.

    i have yet to revive this place. im still unable to write paragraphs. that was the original intention of this blog. everythign in tis blog is some part of my life. unlike borngifted my other blog which is more a creative pursuit. ive managed to start writing poetries so i think the narrations will follow soon. Thank you though for your faith in me and your patience in coming repeatedly to my space to see if i had updated. im sorry if i dissappointed you. i k now many of my blogging friends had given up on me. i promise to try and keep this up.

    As for Rabindranath Tagore truly he was the east’s best. i just wrote an essay book for high school students and Rabindranath Tagore was one topic i wrote on. i did some research on him them but i was unaware thathte nobel medallion had been stolen. that is a sure sad thing.

    i read Rabindranaths Chitra a couple of years ago and i was so impressed by this mans majestic word play. th escene just unfolded in poetic form before me. there isthis part of the book where he describes the nudity of Chitra and he describes it so beautifully there is no vulgarity in it at all. it seemed more like an ode to a beautiful breathing marble statue.

    i am amazed by the sheer exotic nature of his works and his talent or talents more like it . the was a good playwright, a humantiarian, a writer, a lyricist and evena musician. so many talents in just one man
    thats really par excellence.

  2. live7n

    04/04/2008 at 10:39 PM

    Nice Memorable travel experience in Shantiniketan, A place where 1st Indian Nobel Prize winer, Rabindranath Tagore found to true meaning of
    open ” learning in a natural environment”.

    Good Post!

  3. m anil

    06/04/2008 at 3:37 PM

    1. Hi Sanjana,
    Thanks for your visit and comments. I was unaware about your discontinuation of writing. In fact writing habits may help you to forget the loss. You have stopped writing for such a long, I did not know. I too not visited your blog for a long. It is also sad to know that many of your blogging friends have given you up. In fact it may be bcoz of your silence. I have full faith – you can again be in normal form and poetries will flow from your heart.

    Your in depth knowledge about Tagore really surprises me. You rightly said he was ‘East’s best’. You have understood and accepted his multifaceted talent since you have read some of his works. But I can tell you that you have missed the aroma of his creations because you read the translated version. His songs, known as Rabindrasangeet, have an eternal appeal and is permanently placed in the heart of the Bengalis in India and Bangladesh. Anyway whatever I say about Tagore, it will be less.
    Thanks again,

  4. m anil

    06/04/2008 at 3:45 PM

    2. Hi Live7n,
    Thanks for your visit and comments.
    Keep visiting,


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