|English||Kala Varso Trust|
Oral Traditions and Expressions
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Education and Training
Traditionally, knowledge sharing platforms like Reyan, played a very vital role in upholding the value system and binding the society together. In Reyan, folk musicians sing and expound the poetry of Jesal Thoral, Shah Abdul Latif, Kabir, Meera, Sufi etc. and after the musical performance people share their knowledge and discuss any issues facing them. The primary goal of Kala Varso is to revive the traditional Reyan and use traditional folk music as a tool for development and social movement. Kala Varso links the global audience to the culture, folk music/art and stories/legends of the Kutch region.
Kala Varso has been founded with an aim to not only preserve the rich musical tradition and culture of Kutch, but to make all possible advances in the areas of Introduction Folk Music, Folk Art and Culture. It also looks forward to financial security for the musicians, singers and artists. It aims to work in collaboration with musicians, singers and artisans for their betterment and to resolve the issues that arise due to conflict between tradition and modernity in this hitherto uninterrupted discourse of Kutch. Kala Varso is run by the artists themselves with the objective to make artisans active participants and take up initiatives in tackling the issues pertaining to their communities and villages rather than wait passively for external help to arrive.
Revival of Reyans
The main goal of Kala Varso is to revive the traditional Reyan and use traditional folk music as a tool for development and social movement.Kala Varso successfully achieved the goal of reviving the traditional Reyan. Now once a month a Reyan is held in a village decided for that month. With wide media coverage, more and more folk music artisans are coming forward and becoming part of Kala Varso to keep the traditions alive. There is also a wide renewed interest from the audience. Till date 210 folk music artisans have performed through Reyans and more than 37 Reyans were performed in the last 5 years covering various far and remote villages of Kutch.
Creating a platform for Kutch Folk Music
The other main objective of the organization is to provide a platform to the artists for presenting their art. Revival of Reyan provided a congenial atmosphere for both the new and experienced artists connect and perform at the same platform and resulted in exchange of skills. Reyan educates such new artists on pre-preparation for their stage-presentations and develops the sense of correct notation and tuning (correct pitching), rhythm and word. Thus, these Reyans inspired the artists to bring out their skills and efforts were also made to solve their problems.
This skill enhancement and the wide media coverage resulted in gaining visibility by audience from outside the Kutch region. Last year we had 14 performances at national and international level through various organisations like Kendriya Sahitya Academy, Ruhaniyat – Banyan Tree events etc and participated in festivals like World Mouth Harp Festival in Goa, Kutch Kala Utsav in Mumbai and also in a Music Festival in Brazil. This is also bringing in steady income generation to the Folk Musicians of Kutch.
Reyaz Shala Project, 2015 to present:
The Reyaz Shala project was formulated in 2015 to help not only revive the Folk Music Traditions of Kutch, but also bring in a focused and qualitative development in the areas of Folk Music of Kutch that is both economically sustainable, and generates enthusiasm among the young generation of Folk Musicians to take up their craft, and evoke a special interest in the global audience for the Kutch Folk Music and Culture. To that effect, we were able to make significant progress in the last two years.
Key Milestones achieved in 2016-17.
|Contact Information (Organization)|
|Address||Sanjot Nagar, Rudrani, PO. Kunariya, Ta.Bhuj, Kutch – 370001. Gujarat, India.|
|Tel||+91 94290 30567|