Organization - Contact Base (banglanatak dot com)

Contact Base (banglanatak dot com)
Basic Information
English Contact Base (banglanatak dot com)
Local language
Country India
Category UNESCO-Accredited NGO
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Policy and System
Research
Identification
Documentation
Education and Training
Promotion
Revitalization
Established year 2002
Objectives

To foster inclusive, pro-poor and sustainable development using culture-based approaches. It also works for protection of women, children and indigenous people. Promoting entrepreneurship at grassroot is another objective of Cantact Base which we uphold through our various programs.

Introduction

Contact Base is a non-profit organisation founded in 2002 and working with a mission to foster inclusive and sustainable development. It is headquartered at Kolkata and has branch offices at Delhi and Goa. The organization works across several states of India. Founded and led by engineers with international work experience, and a team of 100+ persons with backgrounds in engineering, management, sociology, literature, media and arts,  this unique social enterprise has a proven model of synergizing cultural and economic development. It has national partnership with UNESCO. UNWTO is a global partner for promoting responsible cultural tourism. The organization works for empowering youth and women for protection of their rights and is a partner of UNICEF and UNODC. Contact Base is in consultative status with the Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee of UNESCO (since 2010).

The organisation has done extensive work for inventorying and documentation of ICH. They have done cultural mapping in several states of India and have created databases on 8654 performing artists, 6440 crafts persons and 2000 weavers. We have documented and published books on folk songs (oral traditions) and recorded more than 1500 folk songs.  We have more than 40 audio and audio visual publications documenting folk music, drama, dance, craft, painting and collaborative productions. We have developed several websites on traditional art and craft and the traditional practitioners (www.ruralcrafthub.com, www.folklibrary.com,).

Major Activities

In the field work with marginalized communities the organization has revived and revitalized their intangible cultural heritage (ICH) as a strategy for their socio economic empowerment. This is our flagship initiative called ‘Art for Life’ which uses an innovative approach of professionalizing traditional cultural skills as livelihood skills and nurtures development of rural cultural enterprise. We have established 11 rural community owned and managed resource centres which become seats of learning, practice and promotion of ICH.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL73SCPBQsQ). 

We use music, art and modern creative tools like photography, video and social media for fostering dialogue and exchange among youth from different geographies across the globe. We have worked extensively with rural artists and folk singers for 17 years and is working with 25000 folk artists in West Bengal today in partnership with Government of West Bengal, West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board and UNESCO.

Our initiative MusiCalaims at nurturing music entrepreneurship and achieving global peace by connecting communities.

Our initiative TourEasttargets developing responsible community led cultural tourism. Our strategy is to give new branding to the villages of artists and crafts persons as cultural destinations. Village festivals are annually organized in 20 villages of with 60-100 families of ICH practitioners. The resource centres offer heritage education and cultural exchange opportunities.  Our model of developing cultural tourism in the villages of folk artists and crafts persons has been documented by UNWTO.  In 2015, UNWTO and Contact Base signed a partnership for promotion of responsible cultural tourism led by traditional bearers and practitioners.  http://toureast.in

We regularly organise heritage awareness, education and promotion events across India for giving exposure to the rural artists. We organize photo-walks and exhibitions to engage young people in heritage as part of our initiative CamEra.

Our flagship multicity International Peace Music FestivalSur Jahan’ has seen participation of 22 countries since 2011. We have networks with cultural organisations in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America and regularly undertake multi regional and multi cultural exchange and collaborations in India and abroad for facilitating new innovation, promoting cultural pluralism and creation of new audience and networks for traditional art and craft.

Since 2011 we run an urban cultural space at Kolkata called Akhraat the courtyard of a heritage building where we give opportunities to rural traditional artists as well as urban youth and also host cultural exchange workshops. We hold regular weekend performances and exchange collaborations there and Akhra has emerged as a platform for promotion of young artists.

We have done extensive work for inventorying and documentation of ICH. We have done cultural mapping in several states of India and have created databases on 5000 performing artists, 2500 crafts persons and 2000 weavers.

We have documented and published 5 books on folk songs (oral traditions) and recorded more than  1190 folk songs.

We have 4  audio visual publications documenting folk music, drama, dance, craft, painting and collaborative productions.

We have several websites on traditional art and craft and the traditional practitioners (ruralcrafthub.comwww.folklibrary.com, www.madhubaniart.co.in, http://madurofbengal.com, http://bncmusical.co.in).

We have conducted a study across 6 south-asian countries (Bangaladesh, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives

Contact Information (Organization)
Website www.banglanatak.com
Address 188/89 Prince Anwar Shah Road Kolkata 7000415
Tel +91 33 40047483
Fax
E-mail banglanatak@gmail.com

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