In November 2005, Kala Raksha launched Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya, an Institution of Design for Working Traditional Artisans of Kutch –the first such Institution in India.
The focus of the Vidhyalaya is on acquiring knowledge and skills that can be directly applied in the artisans’ own art to enable innovation appropriate to contemporary markets.
KRV’s second year began in February 2007, and the artisans graduated on 19 January, 2008. This was a year of reflection, revision, and contemplation of our future. We began on a note of great uncertainty, as two mega power plant projects begin to surround our campus. Accordingly, we made the decision to hold only one class this year. In this more focused arena, we consolidated our experiences of last year, fine tuned our curriculum, and began alumni programs.
This year’s class was all women. Women, in particular, must constantly balance the traditional and the i...