Members of a US organisation promoting cultural heritage interacted with scroll painters, musicians, theatre artistes of rural Bengal here today. Members of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife And Cultural Heritage also shared ideas with them on diverse heritage and culture of the two countries at a round table at the American Center here. "Today's round table provided a platform for sharing on ways and approaches of engaging youth and the larger public in understanding about each other's heritage," American Center Director Jamie Dragon said. He said the purpose of the programme, titled 'Communities Connecting Heritage', was to promote and advance cultural heritage projects through community outreach and public education. Sonali Chitrakar, a 'Patachitra' (scroll) painter from West Midnapore who attended the round table, said, "Language did not come as a barrier.
I am happy they have understood nuances of our art." The team members had interacted with artists, craftsmen and musicians at a music festival earlier this month and also visited their homes in Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore. Dragon said banglanatak.com, an organisation promoting traditional arts and culture, is a partner in this initiative.
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