Kalbeliya World

Kalbeliya World is a self-employment support program and start-up for-and-with Kalbeliya female artists to live-stream dance classes and cultural programs to the virtual global market.

Most of the dance teachers have only a smartphone, many do not have wifi and some do not have electricity. With great feats, they are online for the first time.

We provide zoom access, online registrations for students, global transactions, customer service, marketing, wifi, content development, digital upskilling, and a female tech buddy. Solidarity projects are built into our model extending immediate support that benefits the Kalbeliya community such as emergency food packs and essential supplies.

Kalbeliya World seeks to provide self-employment opportunities and stable incomes for the entire community.

About the Community:

Kalbeliya (Kal.bel.e.ya) a name of an ethnic community of yogis, musicians, dancers, craft artisans, and herbalists living in Rajasthan, India.

For centuries the community has been nomadic. Today, many still are and others live settled. The community is marginalized and faces barriers to living wages, access to resources, and inclusion.

Kalbeliya dance, created in the 1980s has become a low-wage income vehicle for female dancers who perform in the tourist and events industries. Most dancers are lead earners responsible for many family members in addition to being community leaders with support programs of their own.