Rural Craft Hubs of West Bengal
10 Rural Craft Hubs have been developed across 10 districts of West Bengal by banglanatak dot com supported by Department of MSME&T, Government of West Bengal and UNESCO to revive and strengthen the handicrafts sector of the state through capacity building, market exposure, direct market linkages and design diversification and improvement. West Bengal Khadi & Village Industries Board has supported the infrastructural development at the craft hubs. Resource Centers and state of the art Community Museums have been developed at each craft hub. These hubs are also being promoted as tourism destinations run by the artist community themselves to have a wider audience reach for the traditions. The Tourism Department of Government of West Bengal is supporting the promotion of this Community Led Cultural Tourism. The initiative actively engages with regional, national and international community’s developing their awareness on the craft forms and hubs as well engages with youth to ensure continuity of the traditions.
Handicrafts artists from the Rural Craft Hubs will be showcasing their traditions through an exhibition cum sale ‘Karunama’ at Birla Academy of Art & Culture from July 26-31, 2016 from 3-9 PM. The event will also feature workshops to learn the craft traditions as well as business to business meets with the artist hubs. 14 artists representing Patachitra (Pingla, Paschim Medinipur), Terracotta (Panchmura, Bankura), Sitalpati (Ghughumari, Coochbehar), Madurkathi (Purba & Paschim Medinipur), Clay Doll (Ghurni, Nadia), Dokra Dariyapur, Bardhaman & Bikna, Bankura), Kantha (Nanoor, Birbhum), Wooden Mask (Kushmandi, Dakshin Dinajpur), Wooden Doll Natungram, Bardhaman) Hubs will be participating at Karunama to provide a unique opportunity for not only experiencing these Bengal traditions at close counter but also to imbibe the finer nuances of the art forms.
Dipannita Acharya with her wide repertoire of folk music traditions of India and Sourav Moni with his songs of the rivers from Sunderbans will be performing at the do on July 27 and 28 respectively from 7-9 PM. Presentations of Baul songs and folk dance from Darjeeling will also be part of the attraction.
banglanatak dot com
banglanatak dot com is a 16 years old social enterprise headquartered at Kolkata and working across India for fostering pro poor growth, peace and harmony using culture based approach. The organization works with marginalized communities to revive and revitalize their intangible cultural heritage (ICH) as a strategy for their socio economic empowerment. Music, art and modern creative tools like photography, video and social media are used for fostering dialogue and exchange among youth from different geographies across the globe. banglanatak dot com is accredited with UNESCO and United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) and also has national partnership with UNESCO, New Delhi and international partnership with UNWTO.
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