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Varanasi, the oldest living city in the world, is the cultural capital of India and is located in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh. Also known as Banaras, it is one of the rich weaving craft centers of India, famous for its zari-brocade saris and dress
material. Over the past decade, the demand for handloom product has decreased due to the introduction of power looms and cheap imports of silk yarns and fabric.
The intricate gold and silver thread woven sarees that have been a prized possession of every Indian bride for decades are slowly dying, and with them the heritage and dignity of the weavers.
The project seeks to document life of weavers in Varanasi that demand serious attention. Poverty, disease and loss of livelihood: A vicious circle that has engulfed a community in Varanasi. Looking at the present scenario, it’s a challenge to provide sustainable solution and preserve the legacy of the craft that has evolved over a long time.
(Personal Project photo documentation in 2010)
The work of PVCHR was awarded with the Gwangju Human Rights Award 2007, ACHA Star Peace Award 2008 and 2010 Human rights prize of the city of Weimar in 2010 and Usmania Award from Madarsa Usmania, Bazardiha for the development and welfare of education.read more
Basic rights for marginalized groups in the Indian society, e.g. children, women, Dalits and tribes and to create a human rights culture based on democratic values. PVCHR ideology is inspired by the father of the Dalit movement, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.read more
Indians society, especially in the rural areas, is still influenced by feudalism and the caste system which continues to determine the political, social, and economic life of the country. Caste based discrimination is practiced in the educational system...read more
Collective decision and Individual accountability
Fighting caste discrimination
The life narratives, voices, and actual experiences on this website reflect the spiritual awakenings of personalities extraordinaire who desired to make a difference in the lives of others. The passion for social justice and meaningful activities, the dedication to compassion, the commitment and healing journeys of those ordinary individuals and their stirring stories is what we intend to showcase.
PVCHR founded in 1996 by Mr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and Ms. Shruti Nagvanshi in close association with Sarod Mastro Pandit Vikash Maharaj, Poet - Gyanendra Pati and Historian Mahendra Pratap. PATRON: Justice Z.M Yacoob Sitting Judge Constitution Court of South Africa & Chancellor of University of Durban, South Africa.