RDS programs now encompass a variety of development sectors such as rural development, total sanitation program, local institution building, health services, HIV/AIDS awareness, income generation and occupational training, education for girls at risks, and environmental conservation.
RDS is proud to have contributed to improving the standard and quality of life in its project areas; however, RDS endeavor to continue its struggle in rural tribal inhabited areas of Junglemahal area in Bankura Purulia districts in West Bengal where government efforts at the local and national levels have not yet been able to effectively address a growing disparity in quality of life.
Past Activities of Tribal & Folk Cultural Centre
Rural Development Society has acquired 5 bighas of land at the foothills of Susunia Hills (Hapania), Chhatna block in Bankura district for Tribal & Folk Cultural Centre. After that land leveling work was done.
The Tribal & Folk Cultural Centre under the aegis of Rural Development Society organizes every year on August 9 (World Indigenous Day) tribal festival where around 10 tribal dance troupes from bankura and its neighbouring districts participate.The Tribal Folk Cultural Centre have also been organising vocational training workshops for Indigenous youth.
The twenty first century, the age of globalization, is marked by the incidence of cultural crisis. It is the era in which many tribal/folk art & cultural forms are either losing originality, or passing into oblivion. Globalization has exerted adverse influence in the social, economic and cultural arenas. Especially our indigenous cultural exclusivity is getting decimated. Our traditional culture is being replaced by a homogenized and westernized culture which is fomented and fostered by rampant consumerism. This has a negative impact on Tribal people. Its vitiating influence is destroying cultural identity.
In the world of today where individual revaluation and global civilization become challenges to national identity, micro cultures will survive only if cultural pluralism is retained. The protection and nourishment of folk arts is the means to it. In fact Tribal society is undergoing an acute culture crisis. Under such circumstances, Rural Development Society, has undertaken the initiatives for setting up a Tribal & Folk Cultural Centre at Susunia (Hapania) of Chhatna block in Bankura district.
Objectives of Tribal & Folk Cultural Centre
The Tribal & Folk Cultural Centre is the network of tribal cultural groups, artisan groups in Bankura district. The purposes of the Tribal & Folk Cultural Centre is to promote :
(a)Tribal Folk Songs - The existence of the tribal is interwoven with music and dance, rituals and ceremonies. There are dances and songs for every occasion- religious dances, agricultural dances, hunting dances, marriages dances, festival dances. There are ceremonies from birth to death and no ceremony is complete without dance and music. There are festivals like Hariar Simko in July, Iri gundli Nunwani in August, Karam also in August, Janthor in November, Sohrae in December, Makar in January, Baha in March and Pata in April and so on.
(b) Jhoomar or Jhumur songs and dances are most popular among Kurmis, Oraons, Mundas. Linguistically, Jhumurs are of a peculiar variety being a mixture of Oriya, Bengali, Maithili and local dialects due to the contiguity of the areas and spread of the tribes. It is equally popular in Bankura- Purulia. Themes are love, episodes from Ramayana, tales related to Radha Krishna.
(c) Gambhira Dance is a devotional folk dance of Bankura Purulia which holds a special place in Bengali culture. This folk dance is performed specially during Chadak festival in the month of March-April. The theme of the dance based on social, political, economic and moral problems of contemporary society.
(e) Kabi gan remains popular all over West Bengal in India. It is significant that Hindus, Muslims, men, and women perform, in public puja celebrations (mostly for Hindus), or village fairs (for Hindu and Muslim spectators).
(f) Kirtan helps the mind become quiet, and when the mind quiets, we can begin to perceive the mystical things, the sacred experiences, that are around us always. There are Kirtanias in rural West Bengal and it is needed to revitalize this great cultural practices.
(g) Tarja is a form of folk poetry contest from West Bengal with a long tradition. The themes of the contest are usually taken from Ramayana, Mahabharata or Puranas.
(h) Tusu and Bhadu: Being mainly the festivals of women folk, these are greatly related to agriculture.
Tribal folk art and cultural practitioner groups of the entire Bankura district will use the platform of Tribal & Folk Cultural Centre for practicing and sharing various indigenous folksongs and dance, organizing cultural workshops, observing festivals, training of artistes and artisans, folk songs and dance, art craft competitions etc.
ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT
Cost, as estimated by management, will be around Rs. 80 lakhs which will be covered in 2 phases.
Bank -State Bank Of India
Branch - Bankura Branch
Account Number -11110260065
(Donations are exempt u/s 80G of Income Tax Act)
Bank- UCO Bank
Branch- Bankura Branch
Account Type- Savings
Swift Code- UCBAINBB134
For any queries, Contact the below mentioned person:
Rev. Kalyan Kumar Kisku
Phone No- (+91)9475269270