Bangladesh has a rich and living tradition of intangible cultural heritage – its arts, crafts, textiles, rituals, customary and other practices are closely interlinked to its vibrant cultural history. The practitioners and transmitters, the artisans and craftspeople reflect a heritage of thousands of years of history, folk music and literature that is firmly rooted in tradition and closely connected to the countries topography and climate, to its cultural mix and its age old customs.
Not enough praise can be sung about the ingenuity, skill and adaptability of the transmitters, the practitioners, the artisans and craftspeople who have kept their customary practices alive over many generations. In almost all the small towns and villages in Bangladesh there are areas where traditional practices can be seen till today. Heriditary practitioners have sustained their family calling through the centuries: the tantis /weavers, kumars /potters, kamars /brass smiths, sutradhar /wood carvers, subarnabaniks /gold smiths, malakars /shoal craftsperson’s, the story tellers, singers, dramatists, artists and others have pursued their traditional occupations. In 1971 when Bangladesh became independent a conscious effort was made