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The problems of rural India are extremely scattered. But the talent hidden in every diverse lane holds the power to cater to these, when nurtured and put to right use. RDT, branches out to extract talent and improve the current state of employment and living standards.

Ananthapuram’s rich culture of music and arts and RDTs own varied streams of work give the team of Cultural sector ample avenues to branch out and try out diverse ways to better engage with the people. With every initiative we look to relieve tedium, lift spirits, carve a viable career, create communal harmony, step into the digital future and lift the community at large.

RDT extends its efforts to diversify avenues for social development by addressing social issues with creative expressions, from time-to-time.

Converting boring holidays to hobby classes:

Every year during school holidays for Sankranthi, Dussehera and Christmas, children are grouped according to their location, and are coached through children’s camps in activities like singing, acting, dance, Dappu and more. Each year, the number of students trained reaches an average of 2000.

“I did not expect what I witnessed. This much talent and this level of performance are unmatchable. Maybe this is what India's artistic and cultural legacy is all about.”
Raduan,
Spanish Volunteer

Magic Training:

Select members of RDT’s staff take training in Magic. And, train children with hearing impairments as part of the CBR sector initiatives.

Clown Training:

Trained by Spanish clowns, two teams of Cultural Organisers perform as clowns in three hospitals of RDT, once every month as a stress-buster for unwell children and their families.

Makeup Training:

About 13 women have been trained in makeup for theatre and dance, and are now regularly engaged in make up for all our cultural programmes being organized by RDT. This skill also helps them find professional work as well.

Dance training:

Certain cultural organisers are regularly trained every year in south Indian classical dances like Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam to make them skilled enough to further pass on the talent.

Vocal Music Training:

Some cultural organisers are trained in South Indian classical singing to impart the right skills topped with quality knowledge.

Instrumentalists’ Training:

Amateur instrumentalists from target communities and villages are continuously provided with more professional skills in keyboard and Tabla. On an average, 25 people are trained annually.

Ram Lakhan Drums programme:

In order to ensure that people in the villages have an additional seasonal employment option, RDT introduced the Ram Lakhan Drums programme in 2006 and began training youngsters to increase their occupational mobility, upgrade them to the status of an income-generating and culturally-skilledartiste.

Digital training to be future-ready:

While producing sometimes path-breaking cultural work, it also becomes important to document it. Not only for archival reasons but also to reach out to more people and spread awareness about traditional art forms and current issues.

Building performance venues:

Implanting a strong cultural foundation, without developing adequate home-stage to perform, is somewhat pointless. Which is why RDT has also constructed auditoriums for cultural festivals. Ananthapuram now has five open-air auditoriums on RDT premises at Kadiri, Mudigubba, Kalyandurg, Rayadurg and Narpala.

HIGHLIGHTS
 
STAFF SPEAK
 

“When we say culture, we automatically stretch the meaning of the word to cover a huge range of activities and expression – it is seamless, limitless. Talent cannot be measured and expressing one’s talent cannot be either. This is what we explore at RDT, the power of raw

AK Samson Paranjyothi,
Cultural Sector Team Leader

SUCCESS STORY
 

The uplifting story of Ram Lakhan Drums troupe touches hearts and at the same time is inspiring. A group of 13, under-35 year-olds from Malakarivpalli Village, are making news by replacing traditional drums with their, now branded, Ram Lakhan Drums.

They trained to perfection in a span of mere 4 months, the troupe comprising of ex-labourers, today earns a minimum of `10,000 per show. With over 15 big shows every month, the troupe boasts an earning of over a Lakh, something they could have never dreamt. Learning and practicing new beats to attract the youth, they are all set to win the hearts of the nation.

“It is impossible to earn this much through other livelihoods available to us. We regularly practice this skill, and learn new beats. We named our troupe after the name of Father Vincent Ferrer whose life is dedication for the cause of scheduled castes and tribes. We are maintaining a common Hundi into which we contribute from our earnings. Last year we had saved an amount of `2800 which was donated to RDT on the eve of Father Ferrer’s birthday. We feel that we have a better status both socially and economically in society. There is no caste taboo and people from higher castes approach us whenever they organize their functions. There is recognition and self-respect in our village now. Those who considered us inferior are now appreciating our skill and we are considered an important part of the village.”

Phani Kumar,
Member, RamLakhan Drums troupe.

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