Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya

Project Brief: Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya empowers, supports and encourages children from socially marginalised and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to realise their full potential and attain a better life. This is done through an intensive and comprehensive educat
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: vocational training (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Boston/MIT
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Bhavana Gallewale
Project Partner(s): Adam Woodward
Other Contacts: Sadhana Kyathappala
Project Address: , Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya , N/A,Kalkeri,
KARNATAKA  580007
Tel: 011918362786746
Stewarding Chapter: Boston/MIT

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KSV is a special school because as well as academic education, the school offers its 250 students a thorough training in Hindustani classical music, and/or Kathak dance. We view this as an empowerment tool for these socially and economically marginalised young people which offers them the opportunity for a better and brighter future.
In addition to the academic and performing arts education, KSV offers board, lodging and health care to its students – all free of cost. Since the inception of the organization in November 2002, we have seen a remarkable transformation in the students as they have progressed through school, college and university. These young adults, with great prospects, are now engaged in respectable and dignified employment. As we all know, education is the key to ending the cycle of poverty.
Empowering disadvantaged children according to KSVs mission statement to give them the opportunity to obtain qualifications in academics and music. Ultimately, this will enable them to find meaningful and well-paid employment which will have a positive impact upon them and their families.
KSV started as an informal music school in October 2001 in Dharwad. Mathieu Fortier, a Canadian citizen studying Hindustani classical music and his wife, Agathe Fortier, 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. Later and in partnership with Ustad Hameed Khan, then the principal of the Music Department at the Karnataka College in Dharwad, and Mathieu’s brother Blasie Fortier the endeavour was expanded into a residential school where students could dedicate themselves completely towards their academic and musical studies.
In November 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 KSV’s work, donated three acres of land which is our current site today.