Culture and Empowerment
Celebrates Art, Rights and Communities
DRIK Jeevanotsava's vision is to create a generation of achievers, and leaders, who enriched with values, can make an impact on society. It aims to reach out to more children in many ways, thereby enriching their lives across multiple communities.
The thrust at DRIK JEEVANOTSAVA has been to generate awareness, stimulate mindfulness and nurture creative expression by holding camps during vacations, by networking different schools and communities throughout the year, and through public performances within communities or on larger stages using the below form of expressions.
Bringing alive children, women and youth's aspirations and to help them to get closer to their dreams for better livelihoods, we have created platforms for skills development on various fronts that could lead them towards self employment or jobs in performing art including dance, music, theater, music instruments etc, art and craft, computers, social entrepreneurship,and other business, accounting, management skills etc. thus instilling self-confidence and self-awareness and livelihood opportunities.
Another area of skills development included exposure to various sport that led to youth becoming swimming, tennis, and other coaches earning good incomes.Other areas where they found jobs include for example: terracotta, computer techs, retail trade, driving skills, beauticians, product designers, tailoring and embroidery, trade and marketing, etc. All these have been achieved primarily through education beyond schooling, and through the Jeevanotsava platforms.
Art and Performing Arts
The thrust at DRIK JEEVANOTSAVA has been to generate awareness, stimulate mindfulness and nurture creative expression by holding camps during vacations, by networking different schools and communities throughout the year, and through public performances within communities or on larger stages using creative expressive forms.
JEEVATMA was a concept launched for children and youth to come together to promote Justice, Equality, Empowerment and Values. Mindfulness, wellness of society, the power of a calm mind and the courage of having and living with convictions were all capsuled into plays with songs and dances to spread awareness amongst others.
Theatre, an important form is used to enact real life situations with inputs, themes chosen by the children. Storylines, dance sequences and music is written, produced specifically for the theme and integrated into the programs and the entire event is taken care by the children including, stage setups, costumes etc and the communities are solicited to take interest in the process of learning.
Art and Craft
At DRIK we believe that sharpening the creative energies in every child and honing the talent of every youth is very critical. By giving opportunities for self-expression through different means and tools including art and craft became important part of our intervention.
In fact, every subject taught, every thought debated, every dialogue expressed takes expression through an array of colors and myriad hues on paper, cloth, glass or even waste.
DRIK Jeevanotsava at Government Schools and Communities
The spread of the DRIK Jeevanotsava programs into over 60 government schools and communities has helped network thousands of children into the value driven leadership develpoment activities in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, with one community near Tiruvannamalia in Tamilnadu also included.This has been the strength and wealth of many of our community development interventions. The JEEVATMA organizers are supported by RCF also.These children's lives are monitored and nurtured in the communities linkage programs until children begin leading peer groups in their colleges etc.
Take for instance Veena who recollected the incident when a group of eve teasers on the village road to their school constantly harrassed the young girls on the path, and having learnt of Abbakka's story of valour and courage the girls chose to fight for gender rights.
In another case the children of Doddaganahalli village kept planting trees even as the hundreds of goats there kept eating the plants in the surroundings. These children were aware enough to sustain their environment they would have to keep growing new plants and trees.