Art for Livelihood (AFL) initiative of banglanatak dot com safeguards intangible cultural heritage as means of sustainable livelihood. Festivals are organized to celebrate the art forms and connect the artists to the global audience. Visit these festivals for an authentic experience of folk traditions.
Festivals are platforms for genuine mirth, mingling and mutual exchange of thoughts and ideas that create a sense of harmony, essentially humane. They acquire a dimension of authentic cultural experience when held in the place of origin and practice. On this site we will provide details of festivals organized in and around the villages of the practitioners of traditional folk art.
banglanatak dot com is a social enterprise founded in the year 2000 with its head office in Kolkata and regional offices in Dehli and Patna. We develop community led creative industries based on intangible cultural heritage like performing arts and crafts. Since 2000 we have worked across twenty four states of India. “Art for Life” -our flagship project since 2004 covers 4700 rural marginalized community artists. We support rural artists and musicians to explore themselves, strengthen their skills and professionalize their ancient culture to earn a life and to quicken the development in their communities. The initiative has since then emerged as a viable option for converting traditional skill into employable expertise and today we are successfully working with 15 art forms across West Bengal and Bihar.
Promotion of folk art forms is the key to their preservation and sustenance and for that festivals are a potential tool as they build multi-national partnerships and associations for wider dissemination, academic and cultural exchange, strengthening research, sharing of best practices, knowledge and expertise. We have been organizing festivals with folk artists to develop channels for exchange for connecting the folk artists to other regions through partners and associates in the action. To promote the art forms and facilitate multicultural exposure for the artists, we have organized festivals at the major cities and states of India including Delhi, Goa, Bihar, Mumbai and Bangalore. The urban platform is a main market for the folk artists and also for the understanding of heritage in the present day context, thus bridging the gap between the life of the rural artists and the urban cultural mind set.