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West Bengal to Washington: Connecting Young Hearts & Minds

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Communities Connecting Heritage: Learning Together

What happens when youths from two diverse societies living 13,000 km apart get to meet and know, and explore and understand each other’s lives and lifestyles, and likes and dislikes!? This is exactly what is happening over the course of Communities Connecting Heritage or CCH, a program supported by the U.S. Department of State and administered by World Learning. In an ambitious and adventurous cultural exchange initiative, a group of young American students travelled to West Bengal in February 2018, spent nearly two weeks there touring creative artistes’ hubs in the rural hinterland, staying in the villages, and exploring the world of folk artistes and their art in this part of the planet! In a reciprocal visit, a five-member team of young artistes from West Bengal, including two Baul folk singers and a traditional Patachitra scroll painter, headed for Washington D.C. by the end of June. The parleys and creative exchanges between them and quite a few of their fellow students and collea…