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Our Purpose

The Kala Chaupal Trust founded in 2018 works in the area of arts, culture and environmental sustainability. We are committed to facilitating collaborations between traditional and contemporary arts; creating conversations that impact an in-depth appreciation of art, and encouraging a confluence of ideas and exchange of knowledge through powerful visual narratives.

Our project approach works from the ground up and engages with sustainable development goals to influence an approach to climate change.

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‘Aqueduct Walk’ at the Nahargarh Fort of the participating artists of Jaipur Kala Chaupal 2017

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An interactive discussion with the mountain women of the SHG on water sufficiency at Jadipani, Chamba, Urrarkhand, 2019

Who are we?

The Kala Chaupal Trust is a not-for-profit organisation based out of India working in the areas of Arts, Culture and Environmental Sustainability.

The Kala Chaupal identifies socially relevant themes and explores them through the lens of visual, performing arts and public space arts, driving a powerful impact in the process.

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Arts, Culture and Environmental Sustainability

Climate change and its cascading impacts are being increasingly recognized as a major challenge across the globe. India is both a major greenhouse gas emitter and one of the most vulnerable countries in the world for projected climate change.

India is already experiencing severe changes in its biomes and the impacts of climate change, including water stress, heat waves and drought, severe storms and flooding, and associated negative consequences on health and livelihoods. Critical factors affecting biomes and their distribution are a focus for The Kala Chaupal.
 
Under future climate change scenarios, biomes of the Indian sub-continent are set to shift from their current state to a different state. For example, 14-18% of India is set to experience biome shifts-from dry to wet in certain areas and vice-versa in others, with dry and xeric habitats being under high risk of change.

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Artisans engaged in selling Raghurajpur arts and crafts at Quorum Club, Gurgaon post Cyclone Fani, May 2019.

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A Crisis Intervention post Cyclone Fani 2019

Raghurajpur- A Heritage Village

The devastation caused by tropical Cyclone Fani, which ravaged the eastern Indian state of Odisha on 3 May 2019, has refocused attention on the grim outlook for the state in the face of climate change, experts say.Odisha, like its neighbours Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, has seen some of the worst ever cyclones in India’s history.

Between 1891 and 2018, the state was hit by about 110 cyclones, says tropical meteorologist Uma Charan Mohanty, a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar. “That’s a massive number.”

The geography of the state contributes to the development of the culture for the state as it stands as a coastal corridor between the northern and southern India.Dedicated labour of the artisans scattered all over the state has made Odisha a fabulous market of souvenirs and mementoes. Stemming from centuries of exquisite craftsmanship, they are a colourful testimony to the integral life force of the people.

#Rise4Odisha was initiated to raise crisis funds to rehabilitate the artisans from the heritage village in Raghurajpur devastated by Cyclone Fani in 2019.​

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