About REACH (Rural Entrepreneurship for Art & Cultural Heritage)

It was in 1995 that REACH was established in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, with the mission of stemming the tide of modernity sweeping urban landscapes. We started our journey with the Virasat Festival in Dehradun, but went on to undertake several projects for the enhancement of cultural values related to arts, culture and heritage of India. Some of these projects are outlined as under:

  • * Documentation of the Dhol and Damau, percussion instruments of Uttarakhand
  • * Creation of Orchestras of folk music of the hills in the self-help mode
  • * Establishment of an archive of Hindustani Classical Music in Vadodra
Organizing the National Theatre Festival & Theatrefest, networking with organizations such as:

  • * National School of Drama, Sangeet NatakAkademi and leading theatre personalities of the country
  • * Institution of Virasat Samman for unsung, subaltern artistes
  • * Documentation of the structural temples of Kutch Region
  • * Workshops and school outreach programmes in Indian culture
  • * Documentation of heritage sites associated with Jim Corbett in Uttarakhand
  • * Establishment of Himalayan Heritage Centre
  • * Empowerment of several folk art troupes
  • * Conceptualizing the Vanishing Voices Festival in New Delhi
  • * Holding the Virasat, folklife and heritage festival, for the last 22 years
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