Our Unwavering Mission
Working together, Folk Arts Rajasthan (FAR-USA) and Lok Kala Sagar Sansthan (LKSS-India) embrace opportunities to enrich Jaisalmer Merasi children’s lives by helping to preserve their ancient musical legacy charged with passion and social significance. In tandem, we strive to offer educational programs affording basic human rights envisioning a tomorrow where the Merasi celebrate their heritage with equity.
Folk Arts Rajasthan (FAR)
Beginning as a grassroots effort in 1992, New York-based FAR was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2004 by Karen Lukas. Powered by the dedicated passion of volunteers and interns, FAR stands firmly committed to securing a just and viable future for the Merasi.
Lok Kala Sagar Sansthan (LKSS)
Officially registered in Jaisalmer, India by lifelong community advocate Sarwar Khan in 1996, the NGO LKSS serves as the sole hub providing free education and music preservation programs for the marginalized Merasi community. In this safe environment, young people cultivate leadership with life and teaching skills.