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Heritage in Development

Banglanatak dot com, a social enterprise, presents a three day international seminar on art and livelihood in in Kolkata from September 6-8, 2011. It uses culture based approaches for pro-poor growth through community led action.

The potential of culture to contribute to economic development while also fostering sense of identity and pride of the communities is increasingly being recognized. Cultural industries based on local creativity and artistic skills are labour intensive, require low capital investment, and are likely to offer livelihood diversification and employment generation resistant to global economic crisis.

Nevertheless, despite well-developed argument and some convincing evidence, it is also true that many countries are yet to integrate the potentials of their culture as driver of national development. 

The most deprived sections bear a rich heritage of dance, songs and traditional craftsmanship. This large pool of creative talents needs to be tapped into, to offer an alternative pathway for rural development.  Supporting local creativity and the emergence of culture-based rural industries would be one concrete way to achieve such quality society.

Aims and Objectives:

 Recognizing congenital gap between promotion of culture and national development strategy, the seminar Heritage in Development intends to bring in the same platform promoters and practitioners of cultural industries, government planners and policy makers, as well as private sectors to examine the potentials of investing in culture as alternative livelihood to carve a new path in the development of rural India.

Venue : 

CII Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for leadership (DC 36 , Salt Lake, Behind City Centre)

Kolkata, India


September 6-8, 2011

For enquiries and participation:

Ananya Bhattacharya +91 9830173382

Madhura Dutta +91 9958837678

Moe Chiba +91 9871831205


banglanatak dotcom

Kolkata office: 58/114 Prince Anwar Shah Road,

Lake Gardens, Kolkata 700045,

West Bengal India



Delhi Office: 52/123 C.R Park Ist Floor

New Delhi-110099


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