am from Kolkata, or Calcutta. I landed up in this unlikely place in the foothills
bordering Himachal, Punjab and J & K by an unexplained and enigmatic riddle of fate.
by Prabal Pramanik
This rural area so alien to my native city kolkata, has been an area where I have been
working intensely though I have had many set backs in the course of my work.
If any one asks me why I focus on this area, I would answer that, simply, the reason for
focusing on this area is that I have my home here for nearly thirty years.
Life was not at all easy for me here and I often repented of the decision to settle here.
Yet, somehow or other it was not possible for me to return to West Bengal and I stayed on.
Staying in a small village in the hills, away from the multidimensional cultural world of
Kolkata, was not easy for me in many aspects. Yet, I understand that my adopted area is an
interesting subject for research and study. My mother Dr. Kalyani Pramanik greatly helped
me in my stay here when we had no electricity, running water, telephone or gas supply.
So I experienced different and diverse "phases" of life here and have become
used to the wide open spaces of the hills and dales around my home.
I had been keeping anthropological and ecological records of this area in different
aspects since I came here. These records are valuable as no one else has kept such
The research academy that I founded has been organizing important events here for the
cultural and social development of this area.
I accept life from a different angle and have my personal notion of success.
So my work that is a life long experiment in cultural development that stretches from
rural level to international level will definitely make a difference in the history of
mankind. So we add these pages to our web site.
Fields at Bhamlada
A old style house
Carpet weaving at Bhamlada area
Fields at Bhamlada
every other place, this hilly area bordering three states, Punjab, Himachal and J & K
has good and bad points.
It is a quiet place but that does not mean that this area is free from social evils.
Especially in the recent years, the moral structure of local population has been adversely
affected by unscrupulous greed in many ways.
Degradation of ethical standard is quite clear and the oldfashioned values based on trust
is gone here.
Politicization of the society is another factor that is causing problem too. Lot of land
is being bought up by land brokers in Dhar block. Old life-style is changing fast and the
socioeconomic structure is going through a change.
These web pages are records of this area from the view point of social anthropology and
are presented in an artistic manner with on the spot sketches and informative photographs.