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Name, address and sourceActivities related to ICH
Contact Base
188/89 Prince Anwar Shah Road
Kolkata 700045

Tel.: +91 33 40 04 74 83

Next report due 2023
Renewed in 2019 (Activity report: English)
Accredited in 2010 (Request: English) - No. 90120
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 2002

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship
- other
- social communication; community education; rural micro enterprise promotion

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization
- other
- promoting culture for employment and growth; using culture for innovating new goods and services

Main countries where active:


Craft Revival Trust - CRT
S-4 Khirki Extension
New Delhi 110017
Tel.: +91 9654668666; +91 9810114209

Next report due 2023
Renewed in 2019 (Activity report: English)
Accredited in 2010 (Request: English) - No. 90066
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 1999

- oral traditions and expressions
- traditional craftsmanship

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- promotion, enhancement
- revitalization
- Dissemination / Transmission

Main countries where active:

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives

The Craft Revival Trust (CRT), established in 1999 is a registered non-profit organisation
which works with craft and craftspersons. Craft Revival Trust is endeavoring to build an
information and knowledge infrastructure for the craft sector in South and South-East
Asia. In Craft Revival Trust’s experience. the exchange of information and the
subsequent interaction often carries within it the solutions to many of the challenges that
the crafts sector faces. We believe that free and open access to information is the core
that empowers and strengthens individuals and societies and leads to development.
It is our belief that knowledge and access to knowledge forms the core of growth
societies. one of our key goals is to support endangered cultural, historical and artistic
resources that form the fundamentals of those who are increasingly being marginalized
within the established modern framework.
The objectives of the Craft Revival Trust are
• To research and document knowledge and skills of oral craft traditions and craft
communities that have been transmitted from generation to generation
• To safeguard by creating a knowledge bank
• To create a network of crafts and craftspersons
• To promote respect for craft creativity, craft communities and the hand skills.
• To create a rights based platform for advocacy for the craftspersons.
• To create programs that facilitate and generate interest in the crafts by the next
• Weavers of the famed Benaras brocades are facing enormous threats as their
traditional products are copied and faked and sold thereby deriving traditional
craftspersons of their livelihood and creating immense hardships. A movement,
spearheaded by CRT has been initiated to consider what response might be possible for
the future of craft communities and their values.
• Through our various engagements with persons and organizations we realized
that the concerns in the traditional craft and other disappearing and endangered
traditions extends beyond artisans to all communities involved with traditional livelihoods.
Recognizing this, we have worked with wildlife conservationist Bahar Dutt, winner of the
Green Oscar, in the rehabilitation of the Snake charmers of India whose occupation has
been outlawed by the provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. It is an attempt to
transfer their existing knowledge and skills to useful and sustainable methods of earning
a living CRT worked on livelihood rehabilitation program with the Jogi Nath Snake
Charmer community. The one year project culminated in a concert with a 100 snake
charmers. The Chief Guest was the Chief Minister of Delhi. Since then the snake
charmers have received many offers to play at musical events and festivals, giving them
a reasonable livelihood. 2006-2007
• We continue with our ongoing, major long term audience engagement program of
dialogue, debate and discussion that explores issues of cultural diversity, identity and
sustainable livelihoods in collaboration with India International Center.
Titled Putting Ideas First This interactive initiative has sought to encourage debate,
exchange of information and an airing of ideas and issues that exercise us. 2005
Hands On Craft Revival Trust, over the last few years had regular workshops at large
public venues and in schools where we trained young students to respect the hand
crafts. The crafts taught have included Natural Dying; Recycling and making paper from
waste; Tie dying; Sanjhi paper cutting and jewellery making. Since 1999.
• As a member of the Tuesday Collective have interacted with the Planning
Commission and the Prime Ministers Office on issues related to weavers and
craftspersons. Since 2006
Folkland, International Centre for Folklore and Culture
Elambachi (P.O) Trikaripur
Kasargod District
Kerala 671311
Tel.: 0091 467 2210699 / +91 4985209699

Next report due 2023
Renewed in 2019 (Activity report: English)
Accredited in 2010 (Request: English) - No. 90172
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 1989

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Main countries where active:


Folkland stands for the promotion of folklore with an aim to protect the intangible cultural
heritage falls in the genres such as folksongs, folk theatre, folk dance and other oral
practices along with traditional performances which are in the verge of
seeks to document, conserve and disseminate to the larger audience. Folkland's main
areas are conservation,documentation and transmission of intangible cultural heritage,
research on organises seminars, workshops and festivals to preserve and
promote the traditional art and publishes reserch papers, books and btrings together people from India and abroad for artistic engagement. It
also organises dialogues between communities and peoples of different cultural
traditions.Folklad provides forum for artists,scholars in furtherance of the intangible
cultural heritage.Folkland engages in the work that enhances universal values of
multicultrism.Folkland learns inorder to teach the traditional art and cultural practices
and thereby pass on to the coming generation.

Folkland, International Centre for folklore and Culture is an institution registered on
20.12.1989 under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 vide the No 406189.During the
last 16 years it has passed through various stages of growth especially in the field of
performance, production, documentation and research besides the preservation of folkart
and culture.Folkland functions as
(l) An international Centre for folklore and culture
(2) As a Cultural Organization with clearly defined objectives and targets for
research and promotion of folk arts.
Folkland has branched and reached far and wide into almost every nook and corner of
the world. It has strived hard and treads the untrodden path with a clear motto of
preservation and inculcation of old folk and cultural values in our society.Folkland has a
credit of organizing many a festival on folkarts, workshop on folklore, culture, linguistics
etc.Seminars, discussions and symposia are also conducted and thus contributed in the
process of re-kindling the folk lamps, which has shed streaks of light into our past
treasure of knowledge.
Folkland has revitalized the old and extinct art forms like
Chimmanakkali,MangalamKali,Vannankoothu,Kurathiyattam etc with the assistance of
Dept of Culture,Govt of India and Sangeeth Natak Academy, Mew Delhi.Folkland has
veritable collection in the field of folksongs, Folk Art forms,riddles,fables myths etc which
are in the verge of extinction recorder and kept in the archives for scholastic endeavors
and posterity.
Folkland has already conducted workshops on Theyyam Costumes, myths, literature,
tribal arts, Poorakkali, Ethnomusic, folk handicrafts etc.Besides its annual festivals,
Folkland has a credit of hosting 17th Indian Folklore Congress at Trivandrum 23rd to
27th December 1996.
The main activities of Foikland falls under the performance, study and research on
folklore.Folkland has more than 600 Artistes in our roll comprised of Theyyam
,ThidanmpuNirtham, Poorakkali Velakali, Kolkali, Mangalamkali ,Oppana ,Daphu muttu,
Kalaripayattu etc.
Being the premier organization in the field of performance in the traditional art
forms,Folkland has been invited by several organizations and Departments like Zonal
Cultural Centres of Dept of Culture,Govt oflndia,Dept of Tourism,Sangeetha Nataka
Academy,Tourism Promotion Council and various other organizations
Folkland has initiated several research projects during the last 16 years.Major among
them are Surwey, Documentation and Research on Kerala folklore, Art forms related to
floor-al drawings, fertility cult of Kerala,Different aspects of Theyyam,poorakkali etc.
Folkland has a museum of Theyyam with major Theyyam forms made in terracotta with
full costumes and ornaments. It has around 100 different facials drawn on the clay pots
and pulp effigies and kept in the museum. Apart from that, it has calendar of events and
a directory of artistes.
Three of our artistes were awarded for their best performance in the field of folklore by
the Kerala folklore Academy,Govt of Kerala during 2001-2002.
Folkiand has launched a website on Kerala folklore under the domain name was launched by Sri G.Karthikeyan, Hon.Minister for Culture,
Govt of Merala on 18th January 2003.
Folkland has been selected for the State Award for the Best Performing Centre by the
Govt Of Kerala, Dept of Tourism for the year 2001-2002.
Training to the students
Folkland is extending training to 50 students in the field of poorakkali,kolkali,velakali and
Kalampattu.Out of the above students l 1 are getting scholarships from CCRT,Govt Of
Documentation of folk music and art forms,rare ritual arts is one of the major objectives
of Folkland. It has more than 3500 hours of folk songs and about 2600 hours of rare art
forms in the audio and video formats. Apart from that 8000 paper clippings and 4300
rare photographs in the archives. Considering the vast work in the field of
documentation,Folkland is made a member of reputed organization, Archive Resource
Community housed at Delhi.
Recognitions and Affiliations
Folkland has been recognized as an eminent Institution by the Dept of Culture,Govt of
India since 1999 and 17 of its artistes and one Guru1 Director have been given salary
by the Dept of has been affiliated to Dept of Handicrafts, Ministry of
Textiles,GOl. Besides that ,Folkland has been affiliated to the Kerala sangeetha Nataka
academy since 1995 and Nehru Yuvak Kendra since 2000.Folkland has become an
Associate Member of ClOFF in the year 2000 and has become the member of ARC in
the year 2000.Folkland has also been recognized by the Department of Anthropology
Norway University for their research pursuits.
Source of Funding
Folkland has been recognized by the Dept of Culture, Govt of lndia and has been
giving salary grants and production grants by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
Folkland has also been considered for grants by Govt of Kerala for several projects.
Performance charges and public contributions are our other sources of finance.
Folkland has governing body consists of a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer as its
head. There are five directors and a secretary to lead the team. Dr V.Jayarajan (Vice President Indian Folklore Congress and Advisor to Sangeeth Natak Academy, New
Delhi) is the chairman of the Governing body and Mr K.Suresh is the Secretary.Folkland
has an advisory board consists of eminent scholars and artistes of international
reputation. Sri Kavalam Marayana Panikker ( Vice Chairman,SNA) Dr. H.K.Bhat (Mysore
University), Dr Jawaharlal Handoo, (President I FC) are the present advisory board
Chapters and Liaison Officers
Folkland has several Chapters in India apart from its regional office in
Karnataka(Mysore) Rajasthan, Assam,Meghalaya,Chatishgarh,Gujarath,
Tamilnadu,New Delhi,Goa,Punjab,Madhypradesh Chapters are functioning well.
Foljkland has Chapters in Saarc countries such as Nepal, Malesia, Bengladesh and
Pakisthan. Folkland has liaison officers working in countries like
France,Germany,Peru,USA.Swedan,Japan,Holland,USSR,UK and UAE
Folkland has woprked with several communities such as Mavilan, Vannan, Malayan,
Pulayan who are the Teyyam performers and practionioners of Magic, ethno music,
ethnomedicine and crafts.Mangalam kali , a unique pradce performed by a hill
tribe(indigenous community) was revitalised and its artist, a lady performer was given
distinguished membership by folkland when she appears on the media at her age
of100years.Folkland has also conducted her performances at different stages and
became instrumental to bring her state award instituted by Kerala folklore academy.
Folkland has documented around 3000 hours of folkpractces.another work in which
folkland has involved is the screwpine craft. It was undertaken by the women folk of
Pulaya community. Folkland has inspired them to revitalise the traditional crafts and
given training and also extended the insurance coverage to them.Another field in which
folkland involves is the manuscripts.Folkland has surveyed around 200000 palmleaf
manuscripts and started digitization process in order to protect the same. most of the
manuscripts are community based knowledges.
Indigenous Cultural Society
2nd Floor Jakhalu Building
City Tower junction Dimapur
797112 Nagaland
Tel.: 91 9774006893 / 91 9774006595

Next report due 2025
Renewed in 2021 (Activity report: English)
Accredited in 2012 (Request: English) - No. 90178
Decision-making meeting: 4.GA - 2012

Year of creation: 1998

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Main countries where active:


•To revitalize unique and fundamental cultural values through developing and promoting cultural values of human society.
•To function all its activities in line with traditional Naga Morung institute model (philanthropic institute concerns in lessons of community living, leadership, discipline, hard work and spirit of services, sports, art, music and health etc.).
•Undertake survey, research and evaluation of socio-economic, culture and religious problems and to publish documentary sources, books, periodical journals, monographs, pamphlets, souvenirs, film, videotapes, audio visual aid and CDs etc. to educate the general public.
•Provide relief and rehabilitation.
•Take up various health programme; family welfare, child welfare and help the destitute, handicapped, victims of unexpected circumstances and calamities, and economically backward people.
•Take up integrated development programme; plantation, poultry, piggery, duckery, cattle, rearing bee keeping, goat, sheep etc. for rural and village upliftment to enhance their income with proper guidance and as per geographically and climatically suitable places
•Run scale industries (small) such as food processing, yarning, dying, and handloom.
•Impart training such as cutting, weaving and knitting, handicrafts, carpentry, computer, mechanical and technical, typing and shorthand, in suitable places i.e. rural, backward and tribal areas.
•Empower women in order to bring them to the level of men-folks and to share equal privilege.
•Take up environment and ecological development activities.
•Promote games and sports among the tribals and others to provide recreational facilities and to bring about social integration.
•Open schools, colleges of different streams, Arts, Agricultural Science, Commerce, Theology and Language and cross-cultural college including adult literacy for the illiterates.
•Open care center and training centers for de-addiction cum rehabilitation, counseling, awareness center, HIV/AIDS, population control, orphan, aged and uncared by providing accommodation for such people.
•Have ecumenical set up in concept and nature in all its endeavors through networking, unity, cooperation, collaboration, and ministry.
•Advocate Human Rights for social justice, through training and motivation of the poor, and to support the cause of the poor before the government and the world community.
•Promote Right of information Act to the masses.
I. Language, Literacy and literary programme:
Sümi Naga language course in association with Sümi literature Board, six months basic Certificate and one year advance diploma course is offered. This course is targeted to promote cross culture married couples, children, students, youth, research scholars and masses. So far ninety students in Advance and eighty students in Basic have successfully completed course and serving at different institute. At present 25 students are undergoing Advance course.

II. Cultural Research Programme
Focuses are on: Oral literature; folklore, myths, legend, wisdom sayings. Indigenous Culture: Customs & traditions, agricultural life & activities, festivity and festivals, rituals & rites, habits & diets, indigenous industries and economy.

Cross Cultural Research on Naga customs and traditions is being carried out at selected villages/places for empirical studies. Documentary and tribe affinity analysis programme has begun with seminars and workshop in collaboration with government agencies (NECC). So far two days seminar on Naga Folklores was conducted in Nov. 2007 in collaboration with NEZCC in which 12 Naga tribe participated.

Another research programme on ‘Sümi Naga folksongs documentary’, was conducted ‘at Lazami Sümi Naga ancestral village in February 2008, sponsored by NEZCC. This project has become an eye opener for awareness and promotion of cultural values.
Under this project research on oral narrative is given more importance. Networking with reputed agencies such as Sahitya Akedamy and other regional universities has developed to the level of resource person and participation at research seminars and workshops.
At present research on agricultural activities, festivity and festival are under the process.

III. Documentary & Publication work:
For documentation of oral tradition and promotion of cultural research work the society is also involved in publication work. At present the society has two research booklets in its credit, Sümi Naga work Folksong Songs book and video CD and Sümi Naga folksongs book, and video CD.

Along with the documentation work the society is also engaged in literary work for further promotional work. Thus, publish translation work as well, currently revising Sümi Naga folksongs book and video CD and English version of Naga Folklores. Apart from culture information with a view to promote vernacular literature a book entitled ‘Apostolmi chighi kini shiküka (Didache)’ was also published in 2007.

IV. Religious (Indigenous Theological) Studies:
Nagaland state is the only Christian dominated states in India with 98% of population. Whereby influence of this group of people matters a lot for the growth of the societal life. On examining such contribution and effect ICS felt responsible to initiate some avenue to check such measure. This idea leads us to realize that laypersons are untapped resource of Church and social ministry that weights special concentration. Seeing the growing need of layperson in Church ministry equipping them Biblical and Theological knowledge is encouraged. Hence, to promote built indigenous Church ICS is offering Laity Bible courses in collaboration with TESPRO International UK.: Diploma and Bachelor of Ministry course (in English & Sümi vernacular medium).

V. Human Resource Development Programme
•Personality Development: counseling, career guidance to children and youth.
•Imparting indigenous workable skill training to the unemployed youth, woman and self help groups; Handicrafts: card making, decorative items, wooden, bamboo & Cane crafts etc. Indigenous Arts, yarning, dying and weaving etc.
•Organize different training programme, workshop and seminars on different life issues and impart leadership training to leaders, woman, and youth.
•Act as consultant agency, facilitates technical and non technical trainings to national reputed Institutes for the underprivileged citizens; B.Tech. Biotechnology, B.Tech. Biochemistry, B.Tech molecular, B.Tech (food processing).B.Tech Agri. Bsc Agri., B.Sc Forestry.,Bsc. Nursing, Public Health, GNM. First aid & practical Nursing, Medical Lab tech., MCA, MA folklore studies, and Theological Studies etc. All together 78 students have been facilitated through youth empowerment programme.
•Music & arts: to the underprivileged children.
Western: Piano, Drum & drum.
Indigenous: Flute & mouth organ, Folksong and Folkdance

VI. Traditional hospitality:
1. Public Health: Care and support to HIV & AIDS victims; Mother and Child care; Aged and differently abled person.

VII Social welfare & service;
•Library cum mini cultural museum at present there are 400 members comprising of underprivileged students, researchers, scholars and general masses.
•Tobacco control in collaboration with state Government and National tobacco control Programme.
•Family counseling, technical and faith based moulding.
•Human Rights for deprived, woman and indigenous people, associated with world mountain people’s organization.
•Environment awareness & pollution control
a. Conference Hall (120 seat capacity)
b. Guest room (Double bed)
c. Meditation hall.
The project begins with a humble beginning. No state or central government nor any private agencies came forward to help neither encouraged. However, with all humility the society began the work. The method adopted for the safeguarding of cultural heritage is fourfold; research, documentation, coding and implementation. This process began with identifying the village community through survey report and analyzing the findings.

Lazami village which is believed to be the first ancestral village of Sümi Naga tribe was then selected for the said project. This village is not only the First Sümi Naga village, but also said to have been where many other Naga tribes ie: Lachepumi and Nethophumi village of Angami tribe, Zülhami and Khutsami village of Chekhasang, Longkumer clan of Ao, Kent clan of Rengma, Lotha, Sangtam, and Yimchungrü tribe are said to be immigrated from this ancestral village.

Their Language spoken is the original unpolluted language of Sümi soil, unlike any immigrant Sümis. Lazami language also has affinity with Chekhasang, Mao, Zeliang, and Rongmei. 80 percent of Sümi Cultural life is still intact, which is comparatively higher and better than any other Sümi villages or Nagas in general. Those integral characters are; language, folksong, folklore, diet, agricultural practices, household items, and furniture etc.

Largest village of Sümi tribe, of 950 household (present 2008 record). Lazami village is rightly a ‘cultural village’. Be it Naga migratory history, village topography, villager’s nature, beauty and scientific art of Sümi language, folksongs, jhum cultivation method, product of agricultural crops and dietary habits of the people, and monument of ritualistic stone platform at Iyinu khel etc. all speaks volume of the same truth. If dreamed of having such an idol Naga cultural village, Lazami village should be the model.

Their cooperation and response to our action plan is immensely contributing a lot. Reciprocal participation is a source of encouragement and growth for our project. Such impact of restoration is even better outside the community people. Their natural goodness instead of being good is the key factor of influencing others to assimilate and restore lost cultural values.
Rupayan Sansthan (Rajasthan Institute of Folklore)
Paota B/2 Road
Tel.: 9414136361

Next report due 2025
Accredited in 2020 (Request: English/Hindi) - No. 90459
Decision-making meeting: 8.GA - 2020

Year of creation: 1965

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Tamil Nadu Rural Arts Development Centre
101, Jawans Building, West Veli Street,
625001 Madurai
Tamil Nadu
Tel.: +91 9842148423; +91 8667005907

Next report due 2023
Renewed in 2019 (Activity report: English)
Accredited in 2010 (Request: English) - No. 90068
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 1987

- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events

Safeguarding measures:

- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Main countries where active:


Objective of the Organisation:
a) To promote and develop the rural folk arts.
b) To ensure and protect the original form of the folk arts of Tamilnadu, and develop the same by involving the community, groups and individuals.
c) To protect the traditional art forms from alterations and modifications of modern era.
d) To develop and to preserve Tamil culture through the folk arts.
e) To raise awareness through cultural programs at local, regional and national levels of the importance of the intangible cultural heritage and ensure the cultural appreciation in the country.
f) To promote Tamil folk arts by conducting certificate and diploma courses, among schools and college students.
g) To conduct cultural events, seminors and youth festivels among students and enhance their participation in developing folk arts as a skill.
h) To promote literature on folk arts.
i) To promote Tamil rural folk arts among the people of other Indian states.
j) To start and promote the rural folk arts institutions.
k) To safeguard the intangible cultural heritage.
l) To work for the welfare of the folk artists and help them to avail the existing facilities in the region.
m) To participate in the national level competitions and cultural programs and get the recognition of the talented artists from government and cultural organisations.

The organization was founded by the highly motivated youth who worked for the institutionalization and proper recognition of the filed of education as folk art in Tamilnadu with an objective to impart cultural skills to young boys and girls in an educational environment in a formal school setting. In his endeavor, he received fullest cooperation and support from the district administration and named after Tamilnadu Rural Arts Development Centre headed by the Commissioner of Madurai Corporation. Prior to this, it was functioning as a non registered body in the name of “Institute of Folk Arts and Dances” since 1987. Then it got its legal registration in the year 1991 and it is the first institution with proper syllabus on folk arts in its kind.
During those days, it was imparting “Master Craftsman Training” course which was then converted as institutionalized Training on a particular Trade “Folk arts”. This paved a way to coin a course curriculum and imparted with a certificate and diploma through the government sponsored programs called TRYSEM by DRDA. Thus it has started with a vision to impart trainings on folk arts and later developed its area of functioning with conducting Festivals and seminars on folk subjects regularly and participate in programs of local, state and national levels.

Major activities:

1. Conducting certificate courses and trainings on folk arts among village youths on the folk arts on the land of Tamilnadu.
2. Disseminate and make aware of the public on intangible cultural heritage of Tamilnadu i.e. the folk arts of the land through festivals and seminars.
3. Recognize the folk artists through awards to encourage their talents on intangible cultural heritage of Tamilnadu.
4. Help the individual artists to obtain the grants and aids to procure music instruments and art materials.
5. Extend and help to get the welfare facilities available from the government such as “ house patta” i.e approved free land to construct house, free music instrument, art materials, identity cards, membership subscription to welfare board, loan facilities-bank linkages etc.,
6.Train the aspiring individuals on the folk art and help them to earn their livelihoods ( obtained certificate of appreciation for this initiatives from the district collector).
7. Conduct part time training programs to school and college going students on folk arts and thereby imbibe them with cultural consciousness and involvement.
8. Participated every year since 1994 in national Communal Harmony and national integration- cultural programs organized by Government of India with folk artists consisting 25 in a team and received awards every year.
9. Take the culture of Tamilnadu to different states of India since 1990.
10. Participated actively with 1250 artists in South Asian Federation Games in the year 1995 at Chennai and performed the folk arts during opening and closing ceremony which was appreciated by the government.
11. During the 8th World Tamil Conference at TANJAVUR, we participated with 1000 artists and disseminate the folk arts of Tamilnadu.
12. We participate regularly the Inter State Cultural exchange program at national level and take our folk art to different levels which in turn protect the dying and intangible folk arts of the nation.
13. This art could be developed only when those artists are protected with a regular livelihood as they does it as a traditional trade and occupation. In order to keep these artists with the same interest, we have had initiated many other welfare services which has been discussed at the above points and thus retain the growth and interest in the minds of the artists.
Through these activities, we ensure and protect the intangible cultural heritage of Tamilnadu and develop the sense of responsibility of every Indian and culture lovers as a whole.
Its experiences cooperating with communities, groups, and intangible cultural heritage practitioners;
Since its formation as a rural folk art development centre, it has been doing many Yoeman services to the traditional folk artists and their family especially while organize them under one roof and promote them in a climate where there is a gap between modern arts and traditional arts. In fact most of these traditional arts such as “OPPARI” which is a folk song that will be sing on the occasion of death in rural villages. The organization’s head Mr. Somasundaram ( KARAGAM ) dancer whose educational background and experience in working with these artists and the folk art, realized the need for document it as it could not be gathered once the old aged singers’ life time. Similarly, he has the vision to develop the folk art as a educational branch of Tamil folk lore, he gave much importance to the protect the intangible folk arts and culture from the influence of modern life style. It is a very precious art and it has to be protected and kept informed and imparted to those of the youth whose interest is also on the lines with the national interest. His experience while organize, work with and facilitate the role as an artist, mentor, developer and promoter, he feels that he has had done a considerable contribution to the art through his NGO which is exclusively work for the cause. The CBOs (member organizations of folk artists of different parts of Tamilnadu) that are developed and promoted by him are the best examples of his work in the field which in turn directly and in some aspects indirectly promoting the intangible cultural heritage of the Tamil folks. The organization which is widely accepted by the particular community people who are the so called folk artists of various kind as a promoter, protector and educator whose personal social and cultural life is predominantly affected by lack of education in 99% of the cases and ignorance of the social life. These artists are in need of constant help for their personal ( in their respective art ) socio-economic and political life as they are from lowest strata of the community and lack leadership. Our intervention to empower them in self sustenance and make aware of their children on importance of education and their traditional art which is giving rebirth to the intangible cultural heritage of the land. Our artist are always very cooperative and member of our Tamilnadu Rural Art Development Centre since its formation and ever growing in numbers in Tamilnadu. Thus, the art and its originality will be taken to next generation too through our education, training and continuous support to the folk artists.
श्रेए हनुमान व्यायाम प्रसरक मन्दल्
Shree Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal [en]
Hanuman Vyayam Nagar
Tel.: +91 721 2574819

Next report due 2025
Renewed in 2021 (Activity report: English)
Accredited in 2016 (Request: English) - No. 90321
Decision-making meeting: 6.GA - 2016