Organization - Gandharba Cultural Art Organization

Gandharba Cultural Art Organization
Basic Information
English Gandharba Cultural Art Organization
Local language गन्धर्ब सांस्कृतिक कला संगठन
Country Nepal
Category General NGO
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Education and Training
Promotion
Revitalization
Established year 1995
Objectives
  • To unite the Gandharba community and strengthen their capacity and to help them deliver quality services
  • Focus on strengthening Gandharba women and youth education and skills through development programs.
  • Foster networks between NGOs and governmental agencies.
  • Increase communications with local communities and governments.
  • Improve the business of making, selling, marketing, and playing Sarangi through interactions and discussions with members and customers.
  • To promote peoples’ awareness about the Gandharba community and their traditions through a cultural campaign.
Introduction

With the help of An American Peace Corps volunteer in 1995 the Gandharba Cultural Art Organization (GCAO) was formed under the chairmanship of Mr. Hiralal Gandharba. Since then, the organization has endeavored to keep the Gandharba traditions alive and improve the economic and educational status of this unique Nepali social group. The organization is registered in the Chief District Office (Reg. no. 051/052/450), in PAN (No. 301768957), and the Social Welfare Council (Reg. no. 12382). Today, it has grown into a non-profit social organization with over 150 members.

The GCAO represents the Gandharba from many rural districts of Nepal such as Gorkha, Lamjung, Tanahun, Chitwan, Dhading, Palpa, Bhojpur, Dang, Kaskiand currently reaching out to incorporate further districts where Gandharba community reside.

Major Activities

‘Gandharba Cultural Art Organization’ (GCAO) was established in 1995 as a non-profit organisation with the help of an American Peace Corps Volunteer. Since then it has endeavored to keep the Gandharba traditions alive and improve the economic and educational status of this unique Nepali social group. GCAO focus on strengthening Gandharba women and youth education and skills through development programs such as annual “Sarangi Day” and “Sarangi Master Class”. GCAO has been celebrating this sort of event annually to uplift the living standard of the Gandharba community and to provide them with equal opportunities and to explore and explode their skills and capabilities.

It is also working on preserving the way of life of Gandharba community and their heritage as well as preserving and documenting their history and bringing them into the limelight, so that the future generation of this country become aware of the importance and historical facts regarding the contribution of Gandharbas in the past and present context of the Nepali society. GCAO has been playing a role of bridge to transfer the Gandharba culture and traditional music to a new generation from the old generation. GCAO also teaches the value of Gandharba music and their cultural heritage to the youth and also encourage them to learn it. To improve the educational status of Gandharba student, GCAO provides an educational scholarship for an intelligent student. GCAO also promotes peoples’ awareness of the Gandharba community and their traditions through a cultural campaign. It also promotes and demonstrates different kind of Sarangi and music in national and international arenas. They play Sarangi with the most advanced musical instruments and jamming with musicians from different countries.

GCAO even helps any researcher who shows keen interest to know about Gandharba caste, culture and the music. It provides broad information to anyone about the Gandharba community by providing a peaceful environment.

Contact Information (Organization)
Website www.gandharba.org.
Address Thamel-29, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel +977 014700292
Fax
E-mail gandharbaculture@gmail.com

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