Prantakatha is all about "Power of Storytelling towards social change"! While its one component is development of self, the other component is story or Katha! This has two pronged approaches "youth active citizenship development" and also "creating spaces of youth dialogue on marginalized issues with the mainstream of life"!
The name "Prantakatha" holds both the parts together. The core is Pranta or Margin. The understanding of Margin is as a dynamic position of "Self" which is floating across age and over physical, social, economic, cultural domains! So in a way each one of us has a margin, does not matter whether we are aware of it or not! It could be as a child, as a woman, as a seniour person, could be as one classical music lover in a family of rock music lovers either! It is the “space-inside” where we feel the pain most, excitement and also creation!
And then comes Katha or Stories! So the social experiment Prantakatha is doing consists of how a) these pranta or margins are given a loving and non judging space where they could transform their pain into power, therefore "katha" or a meaningful life and also b) how pranta or margin establishes a loving and engaging dialogue or Katha with the mainstream! Therefore Prantakatha is a youth development space internally but externally it is a Dialogue space between young persons from margins with mainstream of lives!
1. Melting Pot - Youth Leadership support
It is a One year, flexible leadership training for youth aged in between 18 to 25, with a focus on, understanding Self, Society and Leadership skills.
2. Masti ki Pathshala – Care and Learning center for children of migrant labourer
A Youth led, support space for children of urban migratnt labourers, situated in Salt lake, Kolkata. This is a unique experiment to bring kids back to school using various life style educations.
3. Ador /Affection - (love)
It is a youth led Care & Support service to uncared, economically marginalised elderly , senior citizens to bring them back to the mainstream of life instead of putting them in old age homes.
4. BADAL –( beginning action for development and leadership)
Beginning Action for Development and Leadership is a 3 year long incubation support programme for startup Social Enterprises