Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Who are the Gandharabs?

Gandharba cimmunity is one of the musicians communities of Nepal who are marginalized and vulnerable groups in Nepal and they have long been educationally backwarded, economically exoilted, politically marginalized, socially underrepresented and psychologically deprived not only so -called upper caste but also by Dalits. Low access information has left gandharbas far behind to get the national and international opportunities. Even though the internet opened up to provide information to all , it is again mostly accessible only to the same group. Despite several past efforts initiated in the country, the problem of Gandharbas have not been addressed and thier exclusion still persist in the various sectors including education, socio economi, cultural, institutional, organizatonal and political, and the poblem has been more acute. These are alol due to various exposures.
To address the above pathetic situation of Gandharbas, Gansharba Cultural Art Organization (GCAO) was established in 1994 for ensuring the human rights, educaion and scocio economic empowerment cultural promotion of Gandharbas. We have been involving in Dalit networks and in several programs but we are left out by the Dalit organizatons as well. We have been lacking ideas for Organizatinal development and various exposures and they have been feeling the flaw f excellent professional competencies in english lanuage to apporach t internatonal organization to get support.

2 comments:

Ted said...

Hello! I will be traveling to Nepal to volunteer this summer. I would love to talk with the Gandharba Culture and Arts Organization (GCAO) about volunteering. Is there an email address for GCAO? What is a good way to contact them?

Thank you so much.
-Ted

stephanie said...

Ted,

Were you able to contact the organization? Feel free to email Ram Krishna Gandharba, the current secretary of the organization (rkgandharba@hotmail.com). He will be happy to show you around, if you're still looking for a contact.

Best,

Stephanie