Tobi - our man on the ground in Kolkotta - is busy visiting the construction sites of three new resource centres spread over the three districts of Nadia, Medinipur and Puruliya in West Bengal. Initated by 'Banglanatak' a group of social entrepreneurs who are working closely with artists and craftsmen in several villages of West Bengal.
The resource centres are part of a wider development of regional heritage trails. Each centre is dedicated to a specific artform which is dominant in the area. The land for the centres has been donated to the project by the local artists and crafts communities. The heritage trails are being developed with the Department of Tourism, Culture and Development at London Metropolitan Business School. The resource centres act as nodes for the trails and as an important piece of infastructure in the future development of the artform and its economical success.
Tobi Sofela from public works has the pleasure of spending three months in Kolkotta, overseeing the completion of the centres in cooperation with the local architect and contractor.