Visva Bharati was made famous by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision became what is now a University town - Visva-Bharati University. The place is now attracts thousands of visitors each year. In 1901, Rabindranath started a school at Santiniketan named Bramhachari Ashram that was modeled on the lines of the ancient Gurukul system which later came to be known as the Patha Bhavan, the school of his ideals, whose central premise was that learning in a natural environment would be more enjoyable and fruitful. Tagore envisioned a center of learning which would have the best of both the east and the west. He received the Nobel Prize (1913), which enhanced not only the pride of India but also the prestige of Santiniketan. The school was expanded into a University. It was named Visva-Bharati.
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