Established in 2002, the Jaipur Virasat Foundation (JVF) works in consonance with UNESCO charters for the conservation of tangible and intangible heritage and preservation of cultural diversity. JVF works with and for traditional artists in Rajasthan, with its primary focus on the poor or economically/socially struggling people/communities in rural Rajasthan and urban settlements, who own certain traditional values, arts, crafts and knowledge. It addresses issues of poverty and marginalization by generating new opportunities for livelihood that can use their creativity and skills, and by creating demand for their inherited skills and traditional knowledge. JVF is also involved in research and documentation of artists in the rural areas of Rajasthan, support for local village festivals, showcasing artists and art forms by facilitating performances at festivals throughout Rajasthan.
Contributed by : Priyanka Sinsinwar, CEE West
Janapada Loka or "Folk(arts) world" is an institution that is dedicated to preserving and propagating the rural folk culture of Karnataka. It is a subsidiary of the Karnataka Janapada Parishat and is situated in Ramanagara district on the Bangalore-Mysore highway. Janapada Loka celebrates many folk cultural events throughout the year. Of the many, Lokotsava has been the most anticipated one. Folk artists from all over Karnataka participate in this two day event. It happens during Feb-March every year.
The new multi arts centre – Jawahar Kala Kendra at Jaipur was perceived as the hub of arts and artistic activities and as a centre for the conjunction of the classical and the folk traditions which would in the years to come cater both to continuity and innovation.
The following extract is from a report published in 1970 by the late Sanasam Gourahari Singh, Ex-officio Secretary, Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy.