Organization - Kalamandir The Celluloid Chapter Art Foundation

Basic Information
English Kalamandir The Celluloid Chapter Art Foundation
Local language
Country India
Category Foundation
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Research
Education and Training
Established year 1997
  • To work for sustainable livelihood, welfare and development of tribal / folk artisans and to create alternative employment for their sustainable development.
  • To survey, preserve, restore, cultivate, support, develop, nurture, research, document, promote and disseminate aesthetics of traditional, classical and folk-tribal forms of art and crafts for the knowledge of people.
  • To make systematic study of forms of performing, visual arts its educational, aesthetic, sociological, historical aspects.
  • To arrange for an increase of appreciation for different forms of arts, crafts, murals, painting, dances, music, theatre etc among the public and to create awareness about usefulness of arts in daily life.
  • To survey, identify, preserve, promote, market and document extinct forms of tribal and folk arts/ crafts, rituals, practices and to create opportunities for livelihood through capacity building and skill development of artists and artisans.
  • To act for promotion, marketing, and design development of existing craft/ performing or visual art traditions through intervention, presentation and performance at various centers and attracting tourists from various places.
  • To form Self Help Groups / Co-operative Societies or any such bodies that may be formed for artisans, weavers, farmers, and artists and to guide them for livelihood generation activities through traditional art / artifacts, weaving, processing, farming & non-farming activities.
  • To create credit linkage of the SHGs and Co-operative societies with the bank for working capital or term loans and opportunities for marketing of handicraft products produced by them or any other individual/ persons.
  • To work for protection of ecological balance, usage of alternative energy and Income Generating Programme in rural centers.
  • To build or motivate suitable infrastructure in rural areas for training and production of artifacts or regular practice and performance of traditional performing arts to help the artists and artisans in participating in various festivals and fairs.
  • To create and run eco-tourism / cultural tourism centers at villages to keep alive folk traditions and enhance scope of tourism.
  • To make documentation of all traditional performing arts, rituals, practices, crafts, paintings in rural areas and to create a living museum, art centre, resource centre, information centre for the posterity.
  • To develop, procure, process, produce traditional crafts, textiles, instruments from traditional crafts persons or groups and to market and sell through exhibition and sales counters across the country to create marketing opportunities for traditional crafts to provide the artisans and artists with sustainable income. It will be with a motive of non-profit and welfare / self- sufficiency of artisans.
  • To care for and create awareness about and to provide necessary training, support and / or create facilities for artists / artisans/ tribal/ dalits/ farmers/ women and children

“Kalamandir – the Celluloid Chapter Art Foundation” was established in 1997 with a mission to play a role in reviving and nurturing the tribal and traditional heritage, culture and artifacts of Jharkhand, that is prevalent and vibrant in its primitive aesthetic content and expression.

This valuable heritage is of immense historic value for anthropological interests and for research purposes; therefore it is a National Agenda that needs to be addressed. The Foundation with its well structured plan and programme seeks to create a healthier interaction and understanding of the tribal traditions, their age-old customs and rituals, their faiths and values, their songs and dances, murals and martial arts, their love for nature and zest for life, their ballads and folk lore, to re-discover the wealth and the national relevance of the tribal tradition and the rich heritage.

Thus, the Foundation has, initiated a process of emotive integration of the primitive culture into the national main cultural stream without disturbing its own distinct grace and beauty. Art has always been a tool for motivation besides its potential of self-expression among community and instinctively culture and ethnicity is the most deep-rooted element in this community-based state of Jharkhand.

Inaugurated by the renowned artist Mr. Prakash Karmakar on July 6th, 1997, KCCAF is deeply rooted to the soil. Its team is made up of individuals from the grass root level, for whom Kalamandir is a forum to realize their own worth, by learning through experience, sharing and extending views. This kind of involvement is sure to help the team achieve its target of socio-eco-cult upliftment and the nurturing of tribal heritage.

Vision Statement

A hunger-free society with an empowered, community based, democratic institutions at grass root level that safeguard, nurture, promote and disseminate traditional and ethnic art, culture and heritage of the people and its value.

We shall aim to create a greater understanding and interaction of the folk tradition, their age-old customs, rituals of the tribals and their environment which is of immense historical value for anthropological interest and a national agenda.

Mission Statement

The foundation with its well structured plan and programme seeks:

To safeguard/promote/disseminate:

  • The tribal/ folk traditions of Jharkhand,
  • Their age-old customs and rituals,
  • Their faith and values,
  • Their songs and dances,
  • Their murals and martial arts,
  • Their love for nature and zest for life,
  • Their ballads and folk lore,

To re-discover the rich heritage and relevance of the tribal/ folk traditions of Jharkhand in the national-international context and to create an alternative employment for tribal and oppressed people through artistic expression and natural resource management.

To foster Self Help Groups, Farmers Club, Joint Forest Management Committee, Micro-Enterprises, Rural Tourism Centres, and Business Hubs to create sustainable livelihood, to safeguard environment and promote good community practices among the rural masses.

Major Activities
  1. Handicraft Oriented Livelihood Development
  • Survey and Identification of Extinct Form of tribal and folk Arts/ Crafts e.g Pyatkar Paintings, Kharsawan Chhau, Firkaal Dance, Rinjha Dance, Dasain dance, Sarpha Dance, Dhonger Dance, Chhangu dance
  • Formation of Self Help Groups of artisans and artists and to guide them to save money and start internal loaning.
  • Livelihood generation activities through traditional art/ artifacts.
  • Credit linkage with the bank for working capital.
  • Capacity Building and Income Generating Programme for Tribal and Non-tribal artisans / artists with a priority to the tribal people.
  • Marketing of dances, crafts, paintings as tourism products at Amadubi Rural Tourism Centre. Marketing of handicraft products produced by SHGs through their own organization KALAMANDIR SAKSHAM SHG FEDERATION


2. Natural Resource Management and Livelihood Programmes

The second main area of focus is in livelihood promotion through natural resource management.  These villagers are witnessing the fruits of their labor pay off while conserving the natural resources around them and using them for their own benefit in the long term through sustainable use of natural resources.  The process begins with identification of farm products along with the non-farming related natural resources which can be used to benefit the villages. Through eco-regeneration the following are involved:

  • Bamboo Plantation
  • Nursery Raising
  • Forestry Campaign
  • Cocoon plantation for reeling and spinning to create products
  • Watershed development


3. Art and Cultural Livelihood Promotion

The third focus is to save the tradition and culture in Jharkhand. i,e the dance and the music that has existed in this area for centuries.  This includes a few main areas:

  • Building infra-structure in rural areas for training and production of artifacts or regular practice and performance of performing arts
  • Promotion and design development of existing craft/ performing or visual art traditions through presentation and performance at various centers
  • Participating in and organizing various festivals and fairs to encourage artists and artisans.
  • Creation and running of eco-tourism / cultural tourism centers around traditionally important places
  • Documentation
  • Identification of cultural tradition, style, forms, motifs, designs and heritage of local people
  • Popularizing traditional dance / music or visual art forms in schools.


4. Research and Documentation of Tribal/Traditional performing/visual art forms

Kalamandir took up research and documentation of

  • a languishing dance form of the Bhumij ( Munda) tribe viz. Firkaal dance during 1998 to 2000 in Janumdih, Potka Block, East Singhbhum
  • A languishing form of Chhau ; Kharsawan Chhau dance during 2000 to 2001 in Deuridih, Kharsawan Block, Seraikela Kharsawan
  • A languishing form of scroll painting ; Pyatkar Painting  in Amadubi , Dhalbhumgarh Block, East Singhbhum
  • A languishing form of Craft ; Stone carving during 1997-2000 in Ghoranegi, Chandil Block, Seraikela Kharsawan
  • A languishing form of tribal dance of Sabars ( Primitive tribe) ; Sabar , Chhangu dance during 2000 to 2001 in Chiteswar, Bahragora Block, East Singhbhum
  • A traditional festival of Gomha and ritual dance : Rinjha was documented in Ranipar village of Potka block in East Singhbhum during 2009-2010
  • Few tribal dance forms of Santhal Tribes e.g. Dhonger, Sarpha, Daantha were documented with INTACH during 2013-2016
  • A tribal dance form; Mage of Ho Community was documented in villages of Seraikela with the support from Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2014-15
  • A languishing form of tribal Folk lore ( Oral History) ; Singh Singrai song-dance-oration during 2015 to 2016 in Kaantasol, Dumaria Block, East Singhbhum


Contact Information (Organization)
Address Kalamandir-CCAF, 8,10 N Road, Bistupur, Jamshedpur 831001 JHARKHAND
Tel +91 657 2320109
Fax +91 657 2320457

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