Culture for those who need it most
As part of Monsoon Programme schedule of Prabal Pramanik's Academy of Arts
two cultural programmes were held by the Academy on 11th August and on 13th August 2009.
On 11th August 2009 show of animation movies and demonstration of Indian papercutting art
was held at Saint Francis Home School for differently abled children at Jandwal, near
Pathankot. Enjoyable animations for children with musical background produced by Prabal
Pramanik's Academy of Arts were screened at the hall of Saint Francis Home and the show
was attended by differently abled students and the staff of Saint Francis Home. In future,
Prabal Pramanik's Academy of Arts will conduct Art Workshops for differently abled
These workshops are being specially planned to help in the development of those children
and to teach them certain vocational skills. Prabal Pramanik also gave demonstration of
paper cutting art there.
On 13th August 2009 on the occasion of Janmastami celebrating the birth of
Lord Krishna at Lakshmi Narayan Temple in village Bhamlada.
In this cultural programme at the grassroots level. The village festival of Janmastami had
a unique and attractive feature that is extremely rare in this part of India and that
feature was the presentation of an artistic shadow puppet play based on the story of
The shadow puppet play started with a dance of Ganapati that was greatly enjoyed by the
attending villagers who elapped to the rhythm of the dance.
All the shadow puppets were made by Prabal Pramanik Ustad Kalakar and the
lighting presentation was by Shri Arup Chandra the Director of the Academy.
The villagers were thrilled by this puppet theater in Folk form. Several of the villagers
have become interested to join the puppet theater wing of the art club under Prabal
Pramanik's Academy of Arts and it was decided that Ramlila in shadow puppets ill be
presented during this Navaratri in Bhamlada and many of the villagers will take part in
the presentation of Ramayana in shadow puppetry. Shadow puppetry workshops will be held in
Bhamlada village by Prabal Pramanik's Academy of Arts.
This is the first time shadow puppetry is being introduced among common people at a
functional level in this part of India.
- by Prabal Pramanik ©