Our NGO started as an informal music school in 2001 in Kalkeri. The founder, a Canadian citizen studying Hindustani classical music and his wife a Fine Arts graduate, started a free evening music school, giving the opportunity to forty children from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn the rudiments of Hindustani classical music.
In 2002, land near Kalkeri was leased and the school started with twelve brave children and two teachers. After eighteen months, there were forty children, six teachers and a handful of volunteers. Two years later the Kalkeri villagers, appreciating our work, donated three acres of land which is the current site today.
Over the years the NGO has broadened its horizons beyond music whereby the students now have the opportunity to take classes in Bharatanatayam dance and drama alongside their academic studies.
Our project now houses almost 250 children and employs over 70 employees comprising of teachers (academic & music), wardens, cooks, a maintenance team and admin staff who, apart from being part of this unique experiment, have the opportunity to discover the principles of living in a harmonious community.
Mission: we empower, supports and encourages children from socially marginalized and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to realize their full potential and attain a better life. This is done through an intensive and comprehensive educational program and through the performing arts which are undertaken in a peaceful rural residential setting.
In such an atmosphere, the children learn many social skills, receive a nutritious diet and adequate healthcare services. Care, love and compassion are fundamental elements of the whole process. In this peaceful setting, the children enjoy the tranquility necessary for their academic studies, music practice and many other cultural activities.
Beneficiaries: we support children from socially marginalized and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Currently there are just fewer than 250 children at the school, aged between 6 and 25 years old. 30% of students belong to the Scheduled Castes & the Scheduled Tribes community, 70% are classified as Other-Backward-Castes (due to their parents’ being below the poverty line), 25% come from single-parent families, and 5% are orphans.
Our work: It is the fundamental right of all children to have access to education, adequate food, healthcare facilities and to participate in their community’s cultural life. We empower, supports and encourages children from socially marginalized and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to realize their full potential and attain a better life. In a peaceful and rural setting, it is a residential school that provides an intensive and comprehensive educational program of academics and the performing arts, a nutritious diet and adequate healthcare facilities. Through their achievements at KSV, students will be in a position to attain more meaningful livelihoods, thereby breaking the cycle of persistent poverty and thus creating a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. Through their music, children will contribute towards the conservation and diffusion of India’s vast musical heritage. Care, love and compassion are fundamental elements of the whole process. No school fees are charged to families, it is completely free for children to attend.