At The Kishkinda Trust (TKT) in Anegundi, CONSERVATION empowers communities and creates a way of life that considers culture as an intangible element permeating all activities in life- ranging from functional to ideational- ecology, cuisine, crafts, design, agriculture, technology, education, markets and festivals.
Founded in the year 1997 by Shama Pawar, The Kishkinda Trust (TKT) assists the villagers of Anegundi at a grassroots level to build capacity in order to maintain business incubators and to conserve their historical heritage. TKT runs several unique programs, which are seamlessly integrated with the lives of the local people and that empower them economically.
TKT focuses intensively on the capacity building of the locals, the villagers, across multidisciplinary fields of creative and cultural industries- architectural conservation, heritage restoration, crafts and design, management and hospitality, so that their lives are nurtured, enriched and empowered by their own culture and identities. In this process of reaffirming ties between tradition, everyday commerce and the quality of life, they shall share their fruits of labor with the visitors in the celebration called ‘LIFE’.
Historic preservation is important in terms of a range of cultural, social and educational benefits. Preservation of the historic environment supports the social and cultural well-being of residents and contributes to civic pride.
The Kishkinda Trust is committed to and aspires, with each growing day, to help protect its rural heritage and revitalize rural communities, in the World Heritage Site of Hampi.