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Newsletter - Apr'17

Raising Awareness to combat
Human Trafficking

We have initiated a caravan-based awareness drive Be Alert Raise Alarm #stophumantrafficking across West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar with the support of the U.S. Consulate, Kolkata, in close coordination with state governments. The caravan, launched on March 17, 2017, will run across the 3 states till the end of April. We are reaching out to people, especially youth, women collectives and Panchayats to build awareness on human trafficking, present the modus operandi of traffickers in the region and the available protection mechanisms with tools like films shows, street plays, mobile exhibition etc. We are especially looking forward to young people's contribution to the movement. You can participate in the sketch and doodle contests to show your support. You can also form Anti Human Trafficking Clubs in your schools and colleges to make your peers and others aware. 
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TourEast at ITB, Berlin

Our initiative TourEast for promoting cultural tourism destinations of rural Bengal participated in ITB-Berlin for the first time. Our Founder-Director addressed the Silk Route Ministers’ meeting on Sustainable Tourism & Development there. He also presented our culture-based development model at the launch of Indigenous Tourism and spoke at the World Tourism Network on Child Protection.

Exchange & Collaborations

We encourage and facilitate cultural exchange and collaborations throughout the year. In the last 3 months, we hosted musicians as well as master crafts persons from 6 countries — Sweden, Hungary, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Norway and England. The musicians visited our rural traditional folk artists’ villages to develop collaborative works, which were showcased in Kolkata and at the Heritage Festivals in the artist villages of Bengal. Greenwood Craft specialists Eivind Falk of Norway and Robin Wood and Jojo Wood of England participated in a 3-day workshop with four master artists of wooden masks at Kushmandi in Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal. This was followed by another workshop, this one with youngsters, and an exhibition in Kolkata. As a part of The Silk River project, Swarna Chitrakar and Manoranjan Chitrakar travelled to the UK in February to share their technique of storytelling with the local communities.

Heritage Festivals

The Sitalpati weavers’ hub and the Wooden Doll Makers and Madur weavers’ hubs celebrated their heritage in Cooch Behar, Bardhaman and Purba Medinipur districts of West Bengal, respectively. Digha, the most popular seaside tourist spot of West Bengal, hosted its first Madur Mela this January. It was a big hit among tourists as well as local residents, with all the promise of emerging as a new attraction of Digha in the near future.

The Gandhi Ashram at Nimdih in Purulia and the theatre village, Tepantar, in Bardhaman celebrated folk Holi with great enthusiasm.

The new traditional cultural destination of Kolkata, Biswa Bangla Haat, hosted a number of events and shows, including international artists from Kazakhstan and Sweden.

World Peace Music Festival - Sur Jahan

The 7th edition of the World Peace Music Festival — Sur Jahan (erstwhile Sufi Sutra) was held in Kolkata from 3 to 5 February, 2017. The festival marked its 3rd edition in Goa where it was held from 8 to 10 February, 2017. This year we had international groups from Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Russia. Apart from the evening concerts, a large number of people were also drawn to the folk presentations in Kolkata. The jamming sessions of the international groups with city bands were one of the highlights of the Kolkata leg of the festival.

Upcoming Events

  • Darjeeling Mela: Darjeeling , April 5 - 6, 2017
  • Bhawaiya Mela: Alipurduar, April 8 - 9, 2017
  • Our Founder-Director will speak at the 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism at Krakow, Poland, on April 27 - 28, 2017

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