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Vidya Shah

Trained initially in Carnatic music, Vidya Shah later received guidance in Khayal from Shubha Mudgal and currently learns thumri, dadra and ghazal gayaki from Shanti Hiranand. A popular performer, Vidya has also composed and recorded for several projects. She has to her credit releases with international and Indian labels.



(A)rt does have the power to save lives’, a powerful statement from Douglas Crimps sums up the philosophy behind MAKE ART/STOP AIDS. It aims at creating an international network of scholars, artists, and activists committed to end the global AIDS epidemic.

David Gere, Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Director of UCLA Art | Global Health Centre, traveled to India in 2004 on a research grant and established the MAKE ART/STOP AIDS network on the principle that artists are an essential part of anti-AIDS efforts. 



Nalamdana, meaning "Are you well?" in Tamil, is an organization based in Chennai, South India. It uses innovative communication methods to provide knowledge about health to illiterate audiences. Response-driven participatory street theatre, interactive games and puzzles, audio and video cassettes, tele films, small group workshops, television serials -
Nalamdana explores the full range of communicative possibilities to reach
out to people.



Sparsha was formed in West Bengal by a group of people living with HIV, their relatives and friends, helath care workers and individuals from different walks of life in 1998. While most support groups for HIV-posotive people have exclusive membership of people living with HIV, SPARSHA since its inceptionconsciously included those who did not know their own HIV status or were not infected with the virus. This approach helped SPARSHA grow from a 15 member organisation to little less than 1000 people living with HIV, creating a welcoming environment that eschewed isolation. Addressing the injustice of social isolationdue ti HIV was a focus of SPARSHA from the beginning.



The six-year, six-country South Asian Campaign to End All Violence – or the ‘We Can’ campaign – aims to deal with violence women endure daily, both within their homes and in the larger society, in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

It recognises violence against women is rooted in gender inequality and that whether in homes or outside, it reflects the power structures in society which relegate the status of women in society to be only that after men. Its starting point is, thus, to deal with conditions that systematically deny women their lives, health, rights, choices and power in the family.


Bonded Labour

Bonded labour traps millions of women and men, and their daughters and sons, in deep poverty in south Asia and in other regions of the world. It is a violation of human rights and an affront to human dignity. Impoverished families, most often members of the most socially-excluded groups in the population, find themselves unable to escape from labour exploitation to which they are bound by debts, threats and sometimes outright violence.

So all partners, stakeholders and activists, in south Asia and elsewhere, who are committed to ending bonded and forced labour as part of a new Global Alliance.



Part of the global Triangle Arts Trust, KHOJ sees its role as an incubator for art and ideas, artistic exchange and dialogue in the visual arts. Through our programming we aim to assist and develop, forms of art such as media art, performance, video, environmental, public and community based art, sound and other experimental modes of cultural production.

As a deliberate policy our core invitees have been from South Asia which has resulted in the development of an active network of artists in the region. KHOJ seeks to promote cross cultural exchange within the visual practices of the 'Global South'


Haku Shah

Born in 1934.Haku Shah graduated in Fine Arts from M.S. University Baroda in 1955. In 1959 he did his Masters in Fine Arts from the same university.

Haku Shah is a painter, cultural anthropologist, teacher and author of international repute. He has lectured as a regent professor at the University of California in Davis. He has several important awards and honours to his credit including Nehru Fellowship, the Rockefeller Grant and Gagan Avani Purashkar and  the Padma shree.    


Adharshila Shikshan Kendra

Founded in June, 1998, Adarshila Learning Centre is an innovative school for Adivasi (tribal) children in Madhya Pradesh, India. Founders Amit and Jayashree Bhatnagar titled it "learning centre" to get away from the rigid, didactic stereotype of mainstream schools in India. Their school is far more flexible, with a curriculum that combines academics, world issues, practical skills and cultural heritage with a lot of fun.


Kala Raksha Vidyalaya

The Craft Revival Trust (CRT), established in 1999, is a non-profit which is endeavoring to build an information and knowledge structure for Folk Arts, Crafts and Textiles. In crafts revival trust experience and exchange of information and subsequent interaction is the core that empowers and strengthens individuals and societies.



The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is the main advocate for global action on the epidemic. It brings together ten UN agencies in a common effort to fight the epidemic. Co-sponsors include UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank.

The global mission of UNAIDS is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to the epidemic that aims at preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support, reducing vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS, and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.


SAHMAT - Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust

Twenty years ago, on 1 January 1989, Safdar Hashmi a political activist, actor, playwright and poet was fatally attacked in broad daylight while performing a street play in Sahibabad, a working class area just outside Delhi.

The spontaneous anger generated by Safdar Hashmi’s murder on January 1,1989 grew
into a resolve to resist the forces threatening the essentially pluralist and democratic spirit of creative expression. Writers, painters, scholars, poets, architects, photographers, designers, cultural activists and media persons formed the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust/ Committee within weeks of Safdar Hashmi’s death. From its inception SAHMAT has been a platform with a shared perspective, and has welcomed the distinctive creativities of those who have been part of its activities.


Samajik Shaikshanik Vikas Kendra

An NGO in Jhanjharpur, Madhubani, Bihar, India. It is a registered NGO,under society registration act, working for remote villages of India.

Samajik Shaikshanik Vikas Kendra (SSVK) - The organization envisions the establishment of an egalitarian society devoid of any kind of discrimination and exploitation based on caste, class, gender, race or religion: a society that would permit the collective flowering of human potential for humane ends.