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The flight of imagination and creativity has been driving force behind development of various societies and human beings themselves. All the cultural expressions and the folk forms that came into being have been the result of these imaginative minds and their skills to create.

The toiling masses could not survive on this earth without allowing their bodies to relax from day’s hard work. They explored various ways and means to meet the demand of their body and soul. They created stories and epics based on their imagination,  be it related to the realities they confronted every day or the kind of imaginative world they wish to be in. They created songs and forms of dances, they created their own forms of theatres, language and idioms and various crafts that suited their environment and life style. Story telling has been the nature of human beings in all societies and all cultures. Sitting together after being relieved of work and telling stories, singing, dancing kept them fresh for yet another day of work. Climatic conditions and weather and related productive activities resulted in various festivals and festive moods.

They continued for ages further enriching their existing creations. The caravan of human kind kept marching. The people kept traveling through the globe carrying their culture and traditions from one place to another. In the process cultures and traditions kept interacting with culture and traditions of other regions. This exchange further enriched the already created forms of culture.

People created to survive, to earn livelihood, to entertain themselves as well as others, to satisfy their physical and emotional needs, to satisfy their beliefs and faiths. The craft of developing tools of hunting and gathering plough and other agricultural tools, the machines and so on were developed to survive and earn livelihood. All kinds of songs, dances, music and theatrical forms were developed to entertain themselves and others. They also served the purpose of satisfying physical and emotional needs. They expressed their faiths and beliefs by developing various rituals and accompanying them with songs, music, dances and theatrics. 

In the meantime the idea of national boundaries came into existence. National boundaries were created and destroyed time and again. The process still continues. Billions of people died in the name of national ethnic, religious identities. They kept loving each other as human beings they kept killing each other as religious, national and ethnic identities. Within boundaries of nation and beyond. The question is what unites them?  The heritage of culture and tradition that came from their fore fathers has been the biggest uniting factor among those who fought for sectarian causes because that heritage spoke of love, joy, cooperation, sensitivity, togetherness, even when there were differences of opinion over various issues. This heritage was composite because it contained contributions from all quarters.

But simultaneously various societies were also engaged in all kinds of conflict. When various identities such as ethnic, tribal religious, caste, race, lingual, regional etc. asserted their existence and the power they had acquired, it resulted in conflict and war. During those spells of time the common and shared values, traditions, culture and all forms of Composite Heritage were pushed to backseat. And it continued and continues. The sane voices then came up with yet another answer. Various socio-cultural and religious reform movements emerged all over the globe. The strongest among them were Bhakti and Sufi movements in Asia during medieval period.

In the contemporary age of conflict this heritage which we call Composite Heritage appears to be a potent tool in bringing conflicting groups together. Hence, the idea of Composite Heritage became a focal point for those who are striving for peace and harmony in South Asian region.

These thoughts emerged when several groups working for peace and harmony across South Asia met in Dhaka. We realised that in order to establish peace and harmony, Composite Heritage, which belongs to everyone living in the region could become a potent, yet non violent tool in our effort. The result was publication of South Asian Composite Heritage newsletter and this website. It is an ever growing process in which all of us make joint, collective effort and everyone else could become fellow-traveller.