Sarthi Nehru Kala Kunj
Sarthi - a non-profit, non-religious, non-political voluntary body addressing itself to the basic every day habitat, social, legal, medical, educational and marketing needs of artists and artisans - was formed to help improve the quality of life of India’s numerous craftspersons, weavers, classical musicians and folk performers. One of its main objectives is to help in the evolution of India’s traditional skills without losing their essence -- to effect continuity in change.
The organisation seeks to implement programmes that offer long term solutions to the problem of survival for a much broader base of creative talent. It seeks to promote the growth of a vibrant and economically viable artistic community that has the inherent capacity to create wealth and goodwill for itself and for the nation.
Sarthi attempts to help achieve all this. The areas of activity in which Sarthi is deeply involved are development of new and integrated artists’ habitats, upgradation of existing settlements, holistic and functional training programmes and exposure and direct access to innovations and references, provision of appropriate legal and financial advice and safeguards against exploitation and harassment, establishment of co-operatives and imparting of self- managerial negotiative and commercial skills circumventing middlemen wherever required, conducting surveys and studies of prevailing health conditions, holding of health camps and counselling, training the artists and artisans and their families in preventive health care, formulation of special programmes for women and children and helping re-install pride in traditional skills, establishment of insurance, scholarships and fellowship schemes and helping the artists play an integral role in India’s quest for contemporaneity and progress.