Kalbeliya Dancers of Rajasthan India
The Kalbeliyas (Kal.bel.e.ya) are an ethnic community of talented dancers, musicians, singers, and craft artisans living in Rajasthan, India.
Although the community is praised for its epic performances throughout India and the world, they are historically marginalized, facing barriers to living wages, access to resources, and inclusion.
Pre-COVID19, female Kalbeliya dancers earned an income as stage performers and dance teachers to international tourists and are lead earners responsible for their many extended family members.
During COVID19, all Kalbeliya artists were left without income, no government support programs, and further isolation, creating more threats to the already challenged community. The Kalbeliya dancers are artist-entrepreneurs and have pivoted many times before. It was a natural next step to jump online during the COVID lockdowns, however, there were barriers.
Most of the dance teachers have only a smartphone, many do not have wifi and some do not have electricity. All of the dance teachers are without literacy.
With great feats, they are online for the first time.
What is Kalbeliya World?
Kalbeliya World is a self-employment support program and start-up for, and with the Kalbeliya female artists who live stream dance classes and educational content for students around the world.
Kalbeliya World came into being on 1st of May 2020 after the effects of the pandemic on the lives of the performing artists in Rajasthan became clear.
Kalbeliya World provides folk artists with zoom access, online registrations for students, global transactions, email and phone customer service, marketing, wifi, content development, online training, and a female tech buddy.
Tech buddies and three coordinators volunteer to transfer skills and provide daily support.
Teachers receive 100% of dance class earnings.
Solidarity projects are built into our model with immediate support programs that benefit the Kalbeliya community during this challenging time and creates long-term growth.
Kalbeliya World seeks to provide
- Digital Literacy
- Self Employment
- Stable incomes