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The Visva Bharati University was established by the great Bengali polymath and Asia's first Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. The university is unique in that it focuses on not just academics but also the students' connection with nature and with their core beings. Classes are conducted out in the open under the shade of trees. Meditation is a part of the curriculum. The university is most famous for its art wing called the Kala Bhavan and its music wing called the Sangeet Bhavan. The university has a glowing list of alumni that includes but is not confined to Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, Oscar-winning filmmaker Satyajit Ray, great sculptor Ramkinkar Baij, and many others.