Kala Raksha

Kala Raksha aims: to preserve and present cultures of ethnic communities of Kutch (Gujarat, India) through their traditional arts; to facilitate the transformation of traditional art into contemporary products by encouraging innovation within existing traditions; to assist communities in achieving economic self-sufficiency through cooperative efforts; to assist direct sale of contemporary arts, for entire local communities. Artisan initiative and participation are the pillars of our work.

Kala Raksha
Parkar Vas
Sumrasar Sheikh
ta. Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat 370001
India
+91-9825228195
http://www.kala-raksha-vidhyalaya.org

Chief Executive

Prakash Bhanani

Management Team

Prakash Bhanani, Judith Frater, Nilash Priyadarshi, Dipam Joshi, Harish Bhanani

Board of Directors

Prakash Bhanani, Judith Frater, Rajni Patwa, Ashoke Chatterjee, Nita Thakore, Kesiraju Raju, Mira Poonam, Hariya Uttam, Babri Moru, Haku Shah, Jayanti Nayak, Daya Dohat, Rai Rathod, Nilash Priyadarshi, Dipam Joshi, Harish Bhanani

Project Leaders

Judy Frater

Mission

Kala Raksha aims: to preserve and present cultures of ethnic communities of Kutch (Gujarat, India) through their traditional arts; to facilitate the transformation of traditional art into contemporary products by encouraging innovation within existing traditions; to assist communities in achieving economic self-sufficiency through cooperative efforts; to assist direct sale of contemporary arts, for entire local communities. Artisan initiative and participation are the pillars of our work.

Programs

Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya is the first design school specifically for traditional artisans. This year long program educates traditional artisans to mobilize their creativity and maximize their effectiveness in contemporary markets. The Trust also operates a museum of traditional textiles.

Statistics on Kala Raksha

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $170,000
  • Annual Budget for 2010: $170,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $170,000
  • Other funding sources: All Together Now International, ArtAction, Bestseller Fund, COMO Foundation, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts-Govt. of India), Eileen Fisher, Project Marigold, UNESCO, UNNITI, private donors.
  • Religious Affiliation: No affiliation.