In my experience of visiting their extensive network in UP and Bihar, what struck me about the Dalit Foundation is that they support only the most genuine, passionate and determined grassroots activists. Through their grants they enable these activists to focus on the fight against caste oppression, and thus play a unique and critical role in the development of Indian society.

Nishant Lalwani, Freelance Photographer - UK
Dalit Foundation is a registered charitable trust (no. E/16122/ Ahmedabad) under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 (29th Act).
Decemeber 2011
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Dalit Foundations celebrates Dalit art and culture
October 2011

Dalits have a wide and dynamic tradition of performance and fine arts. However, Dalit art forms have been unnoticed and disregarded for centuries; and Dalit artists have lived in poverty because of the many manifestations of discrimination and exclusion faced by them. Dalit Foundation aims to bringing these arts to the forefront through intensive research, publications, financial and logistical support to artists, marketing and festivals which will provide a platform for the cultural aesthetics of the Dalit community and give both the art and the artists the much deserved recognition.

In order to support Dalit artists and promote Dalit arts, we organised an event and fundraiser dinner to celebrate Dalit art and culture on August 27. At this event, some exquisitely crafted artworks, sarees and dupattas and a huge wall hanging crafted by 25 women over a period of 3 months were exhibited.

The proceeds collected through this event are being used by the Foundation to promote a positive Dalit identity and culture through support to Dalit art forms and artists, including Godna art.

You can view some of the artworkshere and for further information on the art pieces email us at

Dalit Human Rights Monitoring Training
August 2011

The national training program of the Dalit Foundation on Dalit Human Rights Monitoring was held at Pillar House in Madurai of Tamil Nadu from July 17 to 26 2011. It was attended by 73 participants from 11 states of the country. Click here for press clippings. Click here for press clippings...

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