interesting points of social Anthropology and our work
The hills from Bhamlada
change with time and new values replace the old ones. This sub-mountainous area is going
through a rapid change in socio-economic sphere.
Exposure to the world of consumerist outlook through television programmes and commercial
advertisements have made people hanker for more material facilities. The new generation is
going through a period of rapid social change that is influencing the way of life in the
Political scenario, even in this area that was considered "remote" previously,
has become much more complex and different types of criminal activities with political
backing have started here.
The increase of criminal activities with political protection has damaged the general
moral structure of the society here, causing serious problems that are likely to have long
term adverse effect.
Teaching people values of honesty and integrity in such a situation is an extremely
Even so, I have taken up this challenge and will continue my crusade against unscrupulous
and dishonest practices. I have noted that my art workshops and exhibitions that are held
here in this area do have a beneficial influence on the villagers.
This encourages me to hold further programmes here. Ofcourse I have to face many
difficulties but I will not give up and will hold further cultural shows to help the
locals develop some amount of healthy cultural interest.
Exposure to cultural expression in a firsthand manner create a positive outlook of life
and expand the dimensions of thought for most people.
When people of this rural area take part in the cultural workshops, organized by Prabal
Pramaniks Academy of Arts, they experience a new sort of joy that they never
Group creativity helps to propagate better values and aesthetic sense. Promoting creative
and positive activities in rural area at the grass-roots level is an effective way to
develop better social psyche.
The future of this rural area nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, will definitely
be positively influenced by our cultural activities.
To ensure a better tomorrow regular cultural activities are needed at present.
We regularly update our internet sites about the latest development concerning our
cultural programmes. In this age of expanding internet consciousness, the pictorial
reports of our activities reach out to different places of the world, connecting this
rural area to the wide world beyond.
This helps to expand the horizon of the village people too as internet is becoming
familiar to many of the rural people.
The socio-economic changes will come more rapidly in future and this is a crucial time to
expand the internet media.
Our positive and healthy cultural projects are effective in a vital manner. In spite of
all the obstacles and difficulties. It is most important for us to carry on the cultural
programmes to develop social consciousness in a holistic and positive way.
by Prabal Pramanik
Views of the man made lake from Palangi
Pashmina weaving at Phongota