Abstract

Santaran means swimming, it is Bengali words came from Sanskrit. As a nonprofit Multidisciplinary, artist run organization Santaran is continuing its journey from Chittagong, Bangladesh with the hope and mission to shape the artistic values regarding country, society, nation, environment, economics, sociology, philosophy etc. in a more defined artistic way. Santaran is giving effort for guide people to acquire art as the strongest medium for their better living. Santaran started this journey in 1999 through the first group exhibition, though it was officially founded in 1998

Kalpapuri

Kalpapuri (related with children art and psychology): Santaran feels the world of children art is based on supernatural things or objects. But it is observed that nowadays children are getting trained like as aged persons, which creates negative effects on

Horith

Horith (art of environmental development): 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. As one of the notable

Shikar

Shikar (activities for development and preservation of folk art & Craft): In course of time most of our important folk-art and Craft forms are disappearing. Apart from that the small indigenous groups of our country also have artistic living styles.

Actions

The key actions of Santaran is Yearly outcome (yearly art show of organization member), Art Camp, Art workshop, Artist residency, Multidisciplinary art show, Karnaphuli Folk Triennial, Research Program, Publication, including three permanent Public art program Kalpapuri (related with children art and psychology), Horith (art of environmental development)and Shikar (development and persistence of folk arts), Kalpaloker Chitra is a workshop based project under the Kalpapuri (related to children art and philosophy) program. All are running successfully by the organization as the part of its journey. Apart from that, Santaran is conducting research works on historical sites and organizing mural camps for spreading children education in hill tracts, and taking part in joint activities with other organizations for the same noble causes. Santaran is now registered under the Ministry of Social Welfare of People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

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