Prantakatha in Bengali means ‘Narrative of Change from Margin’ works on developing youth leadership in various spheres of life. It was formed in 2006 in response to gender based violence meted out to one of the founding members of Prantakatha. Led by Bappaditya Mukherjee, Prantakatha also meaning “stories from the margins” provides a platform to young people from Kolkata and North 24 Parganas to deliberate, discuss and engage with social justice issues of the region. Since its association as a Changelooms organization, Prantakatha has grown steadily in size and depth in terms of its intervention and engagement with youth in Bengal. Currently it is run by a well performing board and a sound ground team who through their efforts have been able to develop it as a trusted youth space in West Bengal. The most exciting part of youth group at Prantakatha is that it includes a cross section of the young population college students, youth from urban slums, from red light areas, queer population, religious minorities etc.
- Melting Pot – with young people to enable them to become leaders of social change
- Beginning Action for Development and Leadership (BADAL) – to support and mentor the start-up of young social entrepreneurs
- God Caring– a sponsorship programme for girls from the red light area to prevent second generation prostitution.
Bappaditya Mukherjee completed his Masters is journalism and worked as a journalist for few years. He was nominated by the US Government for International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) in February 2012 as emerging leader from India and visited United States of America as State Guest. He has played a key role in a number of assignments including 1) Assisting Vice Chancellor of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University of Belur Math, in programming and implementing Youth Programme commemorating 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in India 2) International Centre Calcutta (ICC) – a think tank group headed by Justice Chittatosh Mookerjee 3) Member Technical Resource Group (TRG) on UNDP programme on Human Trafficking (TAHA Project) 4) Assessor impact of Life Style Education implementation in West Bengal by School Education Department 5) Headed, research project in West Bengal on the issue of Migration & Trafficking, supported by National Commission for Women, Government of India 6) Assisted Groupe Development, South Asian Regional Office (GD SARO, a French Funding Agency working on Anti Trafficking Issues in India) on developing Anti Trafficking advocacy and Communication programmes in India and in Bangladesh.
To know more about Prantakatha , visit http://www.prantakathaindia.org/