Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana fund

$20,815 of $99,000 goal

Raised by 225 people in 23 months
Rejimon VG
for Aradhana Committee
 CARMEL, IN
The Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival is celebrating its 41st annual event in April 2018. 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 120 leading artists from India and the world over has a budget of more than $500,000. We need your support to sustain this 41 year old tradition

The following are some of the facts about the festival:

 1. The 2018 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 !
#GoBeyondGiving #Carnatic music #Bharatanatyam #Indian classical music
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Th campaign is vary active now and we had many donors came forward for the past two days. Many thanks to all who donated. Please share this with your friends after you donate. This will encourage them to contribute too. We had more than 1000 families here in Cleveland for last two days. If every family donates 100 dollars, we will be reaching our goal in no time.
If you are in Cleveland, please come and say hi to our fundraising booth.
Again, thanks to all the donors.
Rejimon
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Thanks to all donors. Today we received generous donations from Sudhakar Baburao from India and Ganga Rajkumar from Michigan - Thank you both. All donors, please share this in your FaceBook.
So far we have $18686
Online+Cash: $15532
Check : $ 3154
Check donations are from
1. Sri. Om Narla, IN $1000
2. Dr. Subramania Someswar Bandi, CT $501
3. Sri. Harri Ramchandran, OH $500
4. Sri. Srinivasakumar S Madurai, NY $100
5. Rama Murthy, VA $101
6. Girish Asher, OH $51
7. Ramasubba Gorla, IN $50
8. Ashok Ramani, Sivan Fine Arts, IL $500
9. Anand Kuchibotla, CA $100
10. Udaya Maruvada, MA $101
11. Venkatesan Vijayakumar, CA $150
Thank you all again...
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Donation booth in front of Waetjen auditorium is pretty successful. So far we have raised $14317.00 by online+Cash and $2303 checks.
TOTAL = $16620
Thanks to every one who donated generously.
Thanks to the following donors paid by check.
1. Sri. Om Narla, IN $1000
2. Dr. Subramania Someswar Bandi, CT $501
3. Sri. Harri Ramchandran, OH $500
4. Sri. Srinivasakumar S Madurai, NY $100
5. Rama Murthy, VA $101
6. Girish Asher, OH $51
7. Ramasubba Gorla, IN $50
Once again, thanks to every one donated online and off line. Thanks to our booth volunteers too.
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Many thanks to the latest donors Sanjay, Raghuram and couple of anonymous donors. One of my long time great friend and successful entrepreneur Om Narla has donated $1000. He wrote a check and so the actual total now is $7558 !
Really appreciate all of your support. The festival is only 18 days away. Please visit http://www.aradhana.org to see the schedule of 2017. Hope to see you all there
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Ganga Rajkumar
15 months ago
3
3

What a wonderful initiative Rejimon! It is a great way to give back to the Aradhana for their years of service to the arts & also nurturing our children and the next generation into fine artists & connoisseurs of the arts! Keep up the great work & efforts and you have our full support in this initiative!

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Veeravanallur V Sundaram
23 months ago
3
3

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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Radhika Balasubramaniam
16 months ago
2
2

Thank you Regimon and all the volunteers for your efforts to help raise funds for the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival. As a 100% volunteer run organization, we would not be where we are today without volunteers like you who have donated time and resources to help support our festival. Thank you to all those who have donated! Your donations and support will help us continue our mission of bringing the best in South Indian classical music and dance for 40 more years! This means the world to us!

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Hari Ayyappan
4 months ago
1
1

Really great initiative Mr. Rejimon... Cleveland Aradhana is a great organisaion where the talents of thousands and thousands of American born Indian children are nourishing their talents year after year....Our best wishes for your efforts to see success...

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Krishnamurthy Hegde
4 months ago
1
1

As a founder of a music-tech startup in Bangalore, this is the second consecutive year I am visiting the Cleveland Thyagaraja festival. The massive scale of the event and the cultural vibe is mind boggling, especially when you realize that the whole event is managed by volunteers. The benefits of this yearly event, while intangible, is enormous and priceless. The Festival has been instrumental in preservation, propagation and flourishing of Carnatic music/dance in the North American region. We all do have a responsibility to support a unique program such as this!

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Rejimon VG
4 months ago
1
1

Many thanks for your comment Suman Nayaak. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Aradhana Committee accounts can be viewed by anyone at the IRS website. Aradhana Committee is a 100% volunteer run organization, drawing volunteers from all over the country. Thank you!

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Suman Nayaak
4 months ago

They need to post their professionally audited accounts online. I think this organization must be more transparent with their accounts, funding, budget and expenditure. They must bring on to their board more people who are not family members. Currently this is a family run organization with huge funds with no oversight or accountability . This organization is a fertile ground for artist to recruit students and lots of " u scratch/ take care of my back, I will scratch/ take of yours"

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$20,815 of $99,000 goal

Raised by 225 people in 23 months
Created September 7, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
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SR
$101
Srimathy Raghavan
4 months ago

Thank you !

SV
$25
Srini Venkatraman
4 months ago

Thank you for the wonderful event

$150
Anonymous
4 months ago
1
1
SN
$75
Sowmiya Narayanan
4 months ago
1
1

Thank you to Sri. Sundaram sir and Cleveland Balu sir and entire volunteer team for the wonderful team efforts to propagate our classical music to youngsters

$250
Anonymous
4 months ago
1
1
Ganga Rajkumar
15 months ago
3
3

What a wonderful initiative Rejimon! It is a great way to give back to the Aradhana for their years of service to the arts & also nurturing our children and the next generation into fine artists & connoisseurs of the arts! Keep up the great work & efforts and you have our full support in this initiative!

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Veeravanallur V Sundaram
23 months ago
3
3

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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Radhika Balasubramaniam
16 months ago
2
2

Thank you Regimon and all the volunteers for your efforts to help raise funds for the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival. As a 100% volunteer run organization, we would not be where we are today without volunteers like you who have donated time and resources to help support our festival. Thank you to all those who have donated! Your donations and support will help us continue our mission of bringing the best in South Indian classical music and dance for 40 more years! This means the world to us!

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Hari Ayyappan
4 months ago
1
1

Really great initiative Mr. Rejimon... Cleveland Aradhana is a great organisaion where the talents of thousands and thousands of American born Indian children are nourishing their talents year after year....Our best wishes for your efforts to see success...

+ Read More
Krishnamurthy Hegde
4 months ago
1
1

As a founder of a music-tech startup in Bangalore, this is the second consecutive year I am visiting the Cleveland Thyagaraja festival. The massive scale of the event and the cultural vibe is mind boggling, especially when you realize that the whole event is managed by volunteers. The benefits of this yearly event, while intangible, is enormous and priceless. The Festival has been instrumental in preservation, propagation and flourishing of Carnatic music/dance in the North American region. We all do have a responsibility to support a unique program such as this!

+ Read More
Rejimon VG
4 months ago
1
1

Many thanks for your comment Suman Nayaak. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Aradhana Committee accounts can be viewed by anyone at the IRS website. Aradhana Committee is a 100% volunteer run organization, drawing volunteers from all over the country. Thank you!

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Suman Nayaak
4 months ago

They need to post their professionally audited accounts online. I think this organization must be more transparent with their accounts, funding, budget and expenditure. They must bring on to their board more people who are not family members. Currently this is a family run organization with huge funds with no oversight or accountability . This organization is a fertile ground for artist to recruit students and lots of " u scratch/ take care of my back, I will scratch/ take of yours"

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