Under its conservation activities, TKT has restored, redesigned and rehabilitated a traditional vernacular house in Anegundi with financial assistance from TEMA DURING 2004-2005, a Swedish company, was channeled through UNESCO towards the construction of this centre. It collects documents and provides information on Anegundi and The Hampi World Heritage Site while generating awareness about the values of Cultural resources for the community and visitors to the site. It is an information centre on TKT’s work and acts as a home for Volunteers and Resource people’s accommodation at free of cost. It also acts as a small meeting place.
TKT worked on a concept of setting up of business incubators in restored traditional houses thereby integrating architectural conservation with small business enterprises which the locals maintain and manage.
Under cultural heritage conservation the revival of folk traditions and folk arts is undertaken while activities under Natural Conservation include avenue plantation, awareness campaigns and workshops on nature conservation, documentation of the ‘available bird species of the area’, photo documentation of the landscape etc.
We have treated the humble architecture of Anegundi as a matter of pride and example to show how conservation is a progressive concept rather than the misconception of it being hindrance of development. In this process we have involved communities also we have been actively documenting village homes and ruined houses, and some with suggested plans that relate to the current needs and materials. Needless to mention that we have a few examples of living projects such as heritage homes as tourists accommodation, village library, TKT office, etc in such homes. in the area of developing sanitation plans and developing maps for celebrations, developing specific small plans for south gate etc too have been achieved by us , whit assistance of volunteers and interns of Architecture, planning and engineering from across the country and globe. We also have a MOU with CEPT Ahmedabad to work in these projects. This is our regular work that we initiated in 2001.
The Natural Fiber Cottage Industry which was initiated with an aim of providing a source of income to women in Anegundi, has provided a means of livelihood to more than 500 women who have been trained as artists and designers. An Improved socio-economic status has transformed these women into confident individuals.
Since TKT emphasizes the use of eco-friendly materials, locally available banana fiber is used as the raw material for the products manufactured.
Banana fiber crafts today is the most known craft in Hampi world heritage site, and various design institutes come to Anegundi to intern in this cottage industry.
TKT has also trained many artisans , tailors in sewing, making jewelry by macramé, crochet, and about 30 women artisans are involved today in producing home and personal accessory as of today in the village, independent of the trust.
The Project was supported by The Ministry of Textiles (DC – HC), GoI during 2003-2005 and is an important regular ongoing project of TKT.
EDUCATION & CULTURE:
Our Gramgranthalaya, building was re – built under the Rural Tourism Scheme, This houses the Gramgranthalaya as well as a cultural Library , that inculcates reading habits amongst the local children, it also acts as a reference place for various researchers of local architecture and conservation, rural tourism, history, etc. It also has a shelve with TKT’s annual reports, audit reports, various reports on TKT’s work for community and visitors alike, creating transparent practices of the organization., Here local Government school visit daily after school and are involved in creative workshops such as drawing, painting, theatre etc. It also has educational panels for community and visitors alike.
This programme was intitated by the support from The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation during 2006-2008.
We have also been working on our self motivated programme “Education Through Performing Arts”. This has been one of the most effective programs where the young children learn dance, music theatre from various specialized artists, here we have experienced that the children involved in this program are overall much more tuned to concept of conservation, ecology etc. along with team work, ethics, their ability to grasp and learn strengths, and in the long run they get involved in social projects as well as turn out to be confident, capable individuals. This project runs on the grants received by those who see the programs.
We have held beautiful small festivals of arts, at Hampi and Anegundi with young local as well as renowned artists for instance Dr. L. Subramaniam the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Dr. Michael Koehler arrived in Hampi, Sikkil Gurucharan and Anil Srinivasan, Ramli Ibrahim and group from Malasia, etc.. the idea is to celebrate the location without hampering it with synthetic materials, to inspire the artist and the audience at the time. The programme was supported by The Ministry of Culture, GoI during 2010 – 2011.
Another beautiful small festival of arts was held in the season of Sankranthi in January 2014, supported by ONGC , amongst the renowned artists this time we were honored to host Padmabhushan Vikku Vinayakram, Ambi Subramaniam, Bijoyanee of Nritygram, Troup of Kalakshetra, perfomed on the island of Rishimukha..etc
We were the one of the first beneficiaries of Rural Tourism Scheme of The Ministry of Tourism, GoI, and the only ones who continued it through community participation during 2004-2009. We were unique in the RTS, as we were the first ones to use restored, fixed up houses for tourist facilities , that not only included accommodation, but it was an accommodation with a difference, using local ethos and materials we set a bench mark for rural aesthetics and services and experience that is completely ecofriendly. other than accommodation we set up a library for local communities and the visitor, a craft shop, that gave boost to the local artisans, we also created a community space in a garden which became very popular, set SWM systems with infrastructure such as bins, compost areas, rakes to clear the streets of rubble, planted and maintained trees, which provide shade today. we are the path makers of Rural tourism even today.
Today Anegundi has many humble but elegant heritage homes that offer accommodation for tourists, retaining the local style of architecture. We have more than 100 home owners who have come forward to convert their ruined homes into business incubators as the concept is becoming popular amongst tourist and the owners of the historic homes. we believe in order to restore the dignity of the historic settlement of Anegundi to give visibility to the beauty of traditional village, the only way is financially benefit from the restoration, redesign keeping in withe local architectural typology , for adaptive reuse and the owners can finally dwell in a dignified beautiful home.
UNDP – Endogenous Tourism Project (2006-2009):
Under the Endogenous Tourism Project supported by UNDP, New Delhi, after a PRA, a team of local youth, women were trained in various skills that were directly related to Rural tourism hospitality as well as indirectly related to areas that tourism requires, ie, shopping, cultural events etc. Through this project we addressed training the local youth in specialty guiding such as rural, nature, adventure, History, Mythology etc. we inculcated importance e of zero waste and trained the GP sweepers in Q&Q practice for SWM, segregation, composting, which continues till today. Cooking, serving, housekeeping, aesthetics that compliment the village architecture, education through performing arts, crafts and bazaars, cultural event management, were some of the highlights of the training program. We held Moonlight Santhes, for 5 years, which were extremely popular. Today the community continues to be involved in the Rural Tourism, not only they benefit financially from it but it has created pride of the village amongst the local community, the village looks beautiful , as traditional architecture has a place of pride amongst the hearts of the local community. A neigh in for specialized services, that is fast becoming popular and we are full during the 6 months of season. We are involved in taking various aspects of eco, rural heritage tourism ahead and more are keen to undergo training in Anegundi.
This is a self motivated community driven programme. Post the Rural tourism project today the local tourism industry contributes to strengthening the SWM of village Anegundi through the trust. The activities being carried out are; providing tools and training workers, Regular sweeping, Collection and segregation, composting of bio waste, dissemination of dry waste such as plastics, etc .
TKT also addresses issues of sanitation through various awareness programs regularly for local school children, guest house owners and tourists, it also holds cleaning drives to ensure community participation and understanding the issues for a deeper effect.
MICRO-FINANCE (Empanelment As Business Facilitator):
Realizing the zeal of the women for taking up economic activities and their ability to utilize and repay loan funds, TKT took a biggest initiative in 2012 undergoing into agreement with NABARD Financial Services Ltd. (NABFINS) and started Micro-Finance activity. TKT worked rigorously at ground level and formed 629 groups of women – SHGs, linked them to NABARD’s micro finance service and achieving a big success of rural women’s economic independence. Till now 230 SHGs have been linked to NABFINS and Rs.7,54,20,000 been disbursed among the groups.From this year (2014-2015), we have started Book keepers’ Training Programme for SHGs with the aim to strengthen and make it sustainable that make the SHGs more particular in their transaction activities. Also with regular update, it may encourage them in increase their savings and internal lending.
NABARD has sanctioned INR 50,000 this year and we have completed 5 programmes successfully as on date.
TKT firmly believes in nurturing and developing human potential. It has trained more than 1000 people in various capacities for various development activities. The present proposal is seeks to further the number of people under its purview, so that they become a happy and fulfilling part of the cultural experience called Anegundi.
In a population of about 4000, TKT has touched a 1000 lives through its many programs- Crafts, Architectural Conservation, Maintenance of public spaces, Development of community spaces, Library and children’s center, Education through performing arts, Organic agriculture and forest based products for daily consumption, shops and small jatras, Food Courts during events & Catering, Festival of ARTS, River Tern Concerts, Moon light Santhe (Market), etc. under the tutelage of Shama Pawar.
These 1000 people, men, women, youth and children, reflect a deeper sense of commitment to values of community living and betterment, compassion towards heritage and conservation, and the historical importance of the space that they inhabit, along with meaningful and healthy means of living
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For the villagers of Anegundi to be truly involved in conserving their ancient traditions and historical surroundings, TKT believes that they must first be self sufficient. TKT was born out of this simple insight: that for any heritage conservation to take place in Anegundi, it has to first and foremost, benefit the people of Anegundi, economically, culturally, and socially.