Unmukt Foundation was started in 2017, in an attempt to unleash inner-self, regenerate the connection with existence, and live in harmony. We at Unmukt believe in three core principles – promoting local indigenous culture, giving children access to formal and non-formal education that will supplement and fill the gaps of mainstream education, and promoting sensitivity towards the environment through organic and eco-sensitive practices.
Through our focus on Culture, Education, and the Environment, we wish to create a sustainable lifestyle in harmony with nature. Our single-minded attention is on children, for they carry the weight of the future of this planet. Unmukt is an effort to unleash their potential, to get them excited about learning all over again.
Ever since its inception, Unmukt has actively engaged with the community in general, and children in particular, touphold its principles. We have regular classes for children on Art, Self-defense, Dance, Skating, English, and Computational Thinking. There's also Unmukt Art – an open art event for all hosted every month.
In between these regular initiatives, we have managed to host a number of outstandingly talented individuals from diverse fields, to organize sessions like making natural colors for Holi, introduction to Odisha Tribals and Tribal Art, rediscovering Ramayana, sculpting Ganesha organically, growing your own food, talk on millets mission, healthy food vs junk food, science through experiential learning, lessons on history, establishing connection through painting, music jam, et al.
The Unmukt Creativity Centre, located at Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar, forms the base of our work. Walls colored and adorned with paintings, a library in the corner, musical instruments, and an open workspace for our meetings – this center represents the soul of Unmukt, a starting point in our quest towards undoing the many wrongs of an education system that has paralyzed the country’s students since independence.