Hadat & Sarif tap into the joys of learning
Afreen practices the harmonium
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Co-Director Sarwar Khan teaches a classic rhythm on the dholak (drum) to Akram and Sahju
The Merasi School grew from the Merasi community's desire to live a life unbonded by discrimination and preserve their vanishing 38-generation-old musical legacy. Expanding on successful educational initiatives of Folk Arts Rajasthan (FAR), Merasi School weaves together arts and literacy education into a community-empowerment curriculum that develops students of the pen and the drum.
The community objective is to educate expansively literate students, children who are as fluent in multiplication and sentence formation as they are in four and six-beat rhythms and finger cymbal tones. With a strong educational foundation, Merasi can actively preserve their own artistic legacy and participate in the construction of a more just social landscape.
Sahara leads Middle Class in Hindi-to-English translation
Merasi School is constructed by the Merasi community. The original concept and objectives emerged from communal desires, curricula is shaped around Merasi goals and the school itself is located in an accessible, safe Merasi neighborhood. Each child is given the support, respect and responsibility necessary to be a community teacher and leader. Students take ownership of their education through peer-tutoring, mentorship and workspace maintenance.
Tumana practices writing basics
Rojeela checks Hayad's work in the The Merasi School doorway
Iyeena cleans up her workspace