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Amitava Bhattacharya, based in Kolkata, India, an engineering graduate from IIT Kharagpur (1989 pass out) and Chevening–Gurukul Scholar in Leadership & Excellence from London School of Economics, is a social entrepreneur with 28 years of global experience, has formed banglanatak dot com in 2000, specializing in Culture and Development. His flagship initiative Art for Life (AFL), a unique model on Culture and Development, addressing SDGs and social inclusion (https://youtu.be/NfQJ0sAjk_M), using Intangible Cultural Heritage is a success story and a live case study in Sustainable Development & Tourism, and has got global recognition and accreditation from UNESCO, UNWTO and UN ECOSOC. Amitava has also started World Peace Music Festival in Kolkata, called Sur Jahan and in 7 years time, the festival (previous name: Sufi Sutra, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJtwcneyQtI&feature=youtu.be) in both Kolkata and Goa has evolved as a Headliner festival. Amitava’s unique approach of holding Village Festival (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70J54zabo_M&t=89s) celebrating the traditional art and culture of the village has helped marginalized villages to evolve as cultural tourism destination. Amitava’s passion is innovation, social entrepreneurship and searching for ways to develop people & address developmental issues using culture and to work towards global peace using music and cultural tourism. Musical (www.bncmusical.com) an initiative of banglanatak dot com to link urban youth & rural traditional musicians to the world and to encourage cultural exchange (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkDDX7GJCsA) with an eye to explore possibility of strengthening Music Entrepreneurship.