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Entrepreneurship as a Social Movement: Real Life Success Stories

In January 2018, we launched a long-term initiative to give a concerted push to entrepreneurship, including innovative ones, by sharing our knowledge and experience acquired over 17 years as a social enterprise. To begin with, we invited eminent thought leaders and industry experts who shared their experiences with our home-grown young, aspiring entrepreneurs. This ‘International Seminar on Entrepreneurship as a Social Movement: Creating Cultural, Social and Economic Value’ was organized on 5 and 6 January in Kolkata, in partnership with the British Council and the Essex Business School, University of Essex, U.K.The narratives at the conclave veered from personal journeys of Indian entrepreneurs to stories from countries as far as Argentina. The deliberations focused on how skills and innovation, supported by a pragmatic and sensitive socio-economic eco-system, can usher in holistic changes in the development paradigm.At the seminar, we also showcased real life success stories of creat…

Sur Jahan: A Journey of Love… for Music & Peace!

When the first edition of Sur Jahan, then known as Sufi Sutra, was held in Kolkata in 2011, only a few could foresee that it would go on to become one of the leading international folk music festivals of India, and that, too, a non-ticketed one…...and therefore, when a premium global music magazine like Songlines (www.songlines.co.uk) featured Sur Jahan in 2018 and put it on record that “this resolutely non-commercial festival focuses on exchange and the forging of new musical friendships,” it was a moment of déjà vu for those who saw it coming way back in 2011! The real journey, though, had begun seven years before the idea of Sufi Sutra germinated. The social enterprise behind the festival, banglanatak dot com, had started its work with Bauls and Fakirs (often referred to as “Sufis of the East”) in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal in 2004. The experience of exploring the world of these wandering balladeers, who sing songs of love, peace and equality, brought the realization th…