The Chhayanaut organisation functions as a music school, combining music, singing and dance lessons. More than that, it is linked with the search for a Bengali cultural identity, hence the whole nation was mobilised to participate in its construction. Construction funds were raised through individual contributions, and the Government of Bangladesh contributed the land. The building itself reflects the openness and accessibility of the organisation, flanked by greenery and stepped back from the street, it stands apart from its corporate-like neighbours. This also has a functional benefit of shutting off the external noise, providing a respite from the busy city.