Horith (art of environmental development)
Horith is one of the significant permanent public art programs of Santaran Art Organization To create public awareness for preventing destructive activities and to save the natural environment of Alikadam of Bandarbans district, Santaran has started this permanent program on 21st February of 2009.
Environmental art camp: Santaran was organized 1st Environmental art camp in Alikadam at 1999. As one of the notable reserve forests of Bangladesh once Alikadam was unparallel for its mountains, river Matamuhuri and colorful cultural-life of small indigenous groups. But the natural balances of the place are getting threaten day by day due to unplanned cutting of trees. As a result fountains of the mountains are getting dried, which is reducing the navigation of the river Matamuhuri and causing the crisis for pure drinking water. Besides digging out stones cultivation of tobacco on the vast plain lands have been added, which are causing a great threat for the environment. At this situation Santaran adapted art as the means to create awareness through the campaign by Kalpapuri’s children with the help of local administration and cantonment. By this time eight environmental art camps were arranged where artists from different parts of the country participated to portray several bad impacts including the global warming which are happening on the earth through Site Specific Art, Land Art and Performance Art in front of the local spectators. As a result of those efforts we can find that people of all levels including local administration, cantonment and public representative, all are becoming interested to work together for saving their environment.
Close contacts with the dwellers in their environments and circumstances are very important for developing the perceptions and creating the artistic expressions, so Santaran organizes regular Art or Artists’ Camps on the selected subjects. Environmental Art Camps are important among those for focusing on the rights of minor indigenous groups and for creating public awareness regarding development of the environments, Santaran organizes most of those camps in Alikadam of Bandarbans district and as well as others important national ecological site of the Bangladesh. Selected artists from the different parts of Bangladesh join the camps to develop their perceptions about the natural environment and local people, indigenous community including who live in that environment with different cultures and philosophies. As artists get chance to come closer to the nature and human beings through those camps, local administration and common people also can have a deeper perception about the development of living standards through the outcomes or creative expressions of those camps. And Santaran considers it as a great achievement. Santaran Art Organization Already Organized twelve environmental art camp.
Dhoritri (project of ecotourism ): Santaran wants to provide the support through the Dhoritri ecotourism based project under the Horith program for Tourists, Visual Artists, Photographer, Writer, and Researcher, who want to visit the beauty of the Merinja Hill, Matamuhuri River , attractive life style and culture of Mro and others ethnic community in Alikadam of Bandarbans district. For that reason Santaran have a started an artists residency space name “ Srijan Prangon” multidisciplinary art space of Santaran from November 2018 at PahartaliPara, Kalarjhiri road, Alikadam of Bandarbans district .