Pragpur, Himachal Pradesh

In the foothills of the Himalayas, on the banks of River Beas, Pragpur is a heritage village in the Kangra Valley. The famous Kangra School of Painting takes its root from Pragpur. Prag in Sanskrit means ‘Pollen’, and this little town comes alive in spring with flowers blossoming all across.

During March 9 – 22 2013, CLIC Abroad is traveling to Pragpur Village in the Kangra Valley in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Overlooking the Banganga River, Kangra village has been there for more than 3500 years and earned historical reference in Alexander’s war records. The Kangra Valley, sheltered by the sublime Dhauladhar range, is green and luxuriant. Considered the earthy abode of gods and goddesses, this beautiful valley is home to a broad mix of Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Regarded worldwide as one of India’s greatest art forms, Kangra painting took its roots in this region. Completed on variety of materials, this miniature painting styles is brightly colored, ultra-realistic and often devotional.

In the surroundings of Dharmshala, more than 50 local students will join with 20 international students from different parts of the United States to explore, engage and be educated from both sides of the world. While the U.S. students will get to experience the natural beauty, the culturally rich Kangra Valley and the unique way of life of locals who have inhabited the landscape for thousands of years, the Indian students get to experience a world so far away from their old traditions that it doesn’t even ring a bell in their daily lives. Both sides are passionate about their roots and it is this passion that translates into broader understanding of world cultures.