40th Cleveland Aradhana fund

$6,313 of $499k goal

Raised by 85 people in 5 months
Rejimon VG
for Aradhana Committee
 CARMEL, IN
The Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival will be celebrating its 40th annual event in April 2017. The primary focus of the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival is enabling north America born and raised youths to achieve their potential in Indian classical arts. We identify talents through their participation in our various educational and competition initiatives. We create opportunities for them to learn from some of the living legends in classical music and dance both in India and the US. We provide performance opportunities for them both in India and the US in some of the most prestigious venues. We commission new repertoire where they have a chance to work with leading musicians and dancers and be part of world class productions. We monitor their progress and counsel them as they embark on their artistic journey.

We do this in our festival with the support of some of the greatest artists in Indian classical music and dance. Their presence and performances enthuse the budding talents and also indicate to them the heights that should aspire for. The close interaction with these leading luminaries, give them an insight into their artistic genius and an opportunity to exchange views and learn from them.

A 12 day festival with over 100 performances by about 250 leading artists from India and the world over has a budget of more than $500,000. We need your support to sustain this 40 year old tradition

The following are some of the facts about the festival:

 1. The 2017 festival is shaping to be the biggest festival as some of the most respected musicians and dancers have agreed to participate in the festival. 

2.  Over 1,500 children participate in various competitions coming from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Middle East and Australia.

3.  Over 100 concerts, dance recitals and lec-dems are planned with about 200 artists participating.  From Chennai itself over 120 artists will be flying into Cleveland for the festival.

4.  We commission leading musicians and dance masters to create new repertoire and premierre it in Cleveland featuring US based young dancers.  We get them trained in India by stalwarts

5.  We have an educational wing, and using leading musicians provide intense training to north America based young artists

6. The Festival has the endorsement of the President down to the state and city level in the United States. It also has the recognition of the Government of India.

 7.  Media coverage is wide in the US, India and most of the countries in the world where there is a significant Indian community.

8. PLUS, you will have an opportunity to associate yourself with a wholesome and great event which is the pride of north America based Indian Americans.

Please visit our site   http://www.aradhana.org/   to get some idea about this great festival.

Why am I supporting this organization ?
As the proud father of a talented daughter, there is not much else in life that gives me the same amount of happiness as seeing my daughter thrive in her talents and passions. Also having grown up in India, I feel blessed when I see that my daughter's passions lie in Indian Classical Dance, a traditional art form of my native country, a place she spent very little time in, considering that she grew up in the United States. For months after her Arangetram (dance graduation), we looked for a proper link, a teacher or an organization that would teach her about our culture and heritage  in its purest way. Coming across the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana was the biggest blessing we could have asked for. Her participation in this organization's activities and competitions taught her so much about Indian Classical Dance, and helped foster in her a love for our culture that we rarely see in Indian kids who have grown up in other countries. This organization has helped thousands of families see the true beauty of Indian culture, and has helped educate so many American-born Indian kids about their cultural roots. People, children and adults alike, thrive in this competitive and educative experience, and they are able to learn about the Indian arts in their purest form. Knowledge which is known only to a handful of senior artists from India is passed down by the artists themselves, who have been brought to the US to spread their knowledge by this incredible organization. Since the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana has helped thousands of people, I believe its only fair that we take the time and effort to give back by contributing in any way possible. I started this fundraising effort in order to save the precious values that this organization has taught to countless others. Please help support the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, a wonderful organization that has spread cultural acceptance and knowledge throughout the nation.
Thank you !
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2 months ago
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Many thanks for all the donors. Really appreciate the support. For those who are still thinking, here is why you should donate now to Cleveland Aradhana:
As the proud father of a talented daughter, there is not much else in life that gives me the same amount of happiness as seeing my daughter thrive in her talents and passions. Also having grown up in India, I feel blessed when I see that my daughter's passions lie in Indian Classical Dance, a traditional art form of my native country, a place she spent very little time in, considering that she grew up in the United States. For months after her Arangetram (dance graduation), we looked for a proper link, a teacher or an organization that would teach her about our culture in its purest way. Coming across the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana was the biggest blessing we could have asked for. Her participation in this organization's activities and competitions taught her so much about Indian Classical Dance, and helped foster in her a love for our culture that we rarely see in Indian kids who have grown up in other countries. This organization has helped thousands of families see the true beauty of Indian culture, and has helped educate so many American-born Indian kids about their cultural roots. People, children and adults alike, thrive in this competitive and educative experience, and they are able to learn about the Indian arts in their purest form. Knowledge which is known only to a handful of senior artists from India is passed down by the artists themselves, who have been brought to the US to spread their knowledge by this incredible organization. Since the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana has helped thousands of people, I believe its only fair that we take the time and effort to give back by contributing in any way possible. I started this fundraising effort in order to save the precious values that this organization has taught to countless others. Please help support the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, a wonderful organization that has spread cultural acceptance and knowledge throughout the nation.
Thank you !
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Posted by Rejimon VG
4 months ago
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We are slow but steady ! Many thanks for all the donors so far. Special thanks to every one who shared this with your friends ! Please share even if you can't donate ! You may not know some one close to you may be willing to donate generously. We need to expand the awareness.
Thank you all again.
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5 months ago
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Many thanks to Siva, Sridhar, Deepa and Kanchana for your generous donations. Also thanks to every one who shared this on their pages.

Enjoyed an amazing carnatic vocal concert by Vidvan K. V. Krishnaprasad. Almost everyone I spoke about this campaign, agreed to support this noble cause. Very excited about this ! Just waiting see the results...
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5 months ago
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Thanks Mohana and Shubha ! Not enough momentum as expected.
I know there are 1000s of Carnatic music and classical dance lovers here in US. Just want to remind you that Cleveland Aradhana is the main gateway to our culture to this part of the world. 100s of artists come here every year and perform in several cities through this organization. this is the only chance for our young ones to see our culture in its true form. The work involved is enormous and all are volunteers. Please help to sustain this activity... Kindly support.
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Veeravanallur V Sundaram
5 months ago

Rejimon represents the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival in this important fundraising initiative. Please work with him and make this a resounding success. We need your support.

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$6,313 of $499k goal

Raised by 85 people in 5 months
Created September 7, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Aradhana Committee
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Liby Silvester
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Niranjana Ramnath
29 days ago

Best wishes to Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival.

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Anonymous
1 month ago
KV
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Krishnamurthy Vinay
1 month ago

Honored to support the event. Look forward to a great 40th year Aradhana

VV
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Vara Venkataraman
2 months ago
RK
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Rani Kavirajan
2 months ago
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Anu
2 months ago

We wish this cause to sustain for many more years !!

KV
$101
Kiranavali Vidyasankar
2 months ago

Best wishes for your efforts and to the Aradhana Committee for a wonderful 40th year celebrations!

Veeravanallur V Sundaram
5 months ago

Rejimon represents the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival in this important fundraising initiative. Please work with him and make this a resounding success. We need your support.

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