Kalamandir: Creating an Ecosystem for livelihood generation

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Kalamandir: Creating an Ecosystem for Livelihood generation

Kalamandir has been able to make great progress in attaining its vision and mission since when it was founded in 1997. It has over 500 self-help groups and farmers clubs and its activities are in over 114 villages. Kalamandir activities have made it possible to increase earnings for over 2,500 households.

Success examples:

  • reviving tribal metal art of Dokra
    Enhanced demand for Gunta Laik stone sculptures

  • Encouraging production of Pyatkar paintings

  • Reviving Chhau dance.

Southeast Jharkhand was among the poorest tribal areas in India. Ghosh founded Kalamandir with an aim of reviving local dance firms, arts and crafts. He also focused on ensuring that family participating had sustainable livelihood. Kalamandir evolved its activities form community based micro enterprises to selling products in the market, taking part in performance for tourism and managing local resources. it achieved great success through bringing rural products to the city market. Kalamandir also came up with a plan to bring buyers to the rural areas. Through natural resource management, it was possible to generate sustainable livelihoods. Kalamandir also carried out integrated watershed management in Dumaria and constructed dams. Wadi model was used in enhancing wasteland to generate livelihood for the marginalised and drought prone areas which had been poverty stricken. The organisation structure used by Kalamandir was flat and so far the organisation functioned without donations. The organisation success has been spectacular. Despite the success, there was still a lot to be accomplished. This is due to the large population to be covered and an increase in work volume. The work of the organisation can be summarised as focus on promotion of sustainable livelihoods for those living in rural areas. This includes women, youth, artists and tribal (Fisher & Rixon, 2014).


Fisher, R & Rixon, A 2014, contemporary issues in entreeprenuership, Ivey, pp. 5-41.