Destination 1- Hubli
It is day 3 of Jagriti Yatra 2015 and the train has reached Dharwad, a silent town, well-known for its musical culture, in Karnataka. We have our first role model visit to Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya (KSV) and a case study related to solar electrification project in the locality.
Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya
A visit to Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya would certainly inspire anyone to face problems as process and work towards one’s goal, even when it is chasing the incredible. Founded by Adam Woodward, along with Mathieu Fortier and his wife Agathe Meurisse 13 years ago, Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya (KSV) is now a life changer for more than two hundred children belonging to lower income group.
Children in KSV get academic education with high prominence to music and performing arts in the residential campus which is spread across three acres of land at absolutely free of cost. The tranquillity and beauty of the place gets elevated with simple houses made out of traditional materials, and it creates a serene environment for the children to live and learn peacefully.
Volunteers from all over the world come to this art school and put in dedicated effort to make the children excel in their life. As Mathieu puts it, music has the infinite power to transform a child’s life. It helps to impart certain values like self confidence, concentration, and self-esteem in the child’s mind at an early age. They would certainly try to excel in life.”
Mathieu is absolutely right once we know about Krishnan, a 23 year old teacher of KVS. A gold medallist in music from Karnataka University, he is one among the super successful former students of KVS. Here is what he has to say, “I came to KVS when I was 14 year old. Since then I was able to change my perspective about the world and learned better communication skills while I studied music and that is something I am passionate about. Now I want to give back what I learned and so I joined as a teacher here.”
The first destination itself was thought-provoking and inspirational for the yatris as they were able to spend a day with kids and volunteers of KVS. Furthermore, they had a memorable session with the founders of KVS, which would certainly be an inspiration to work towards a greater goal throughout their life.