Krishnaya's Arangetram

My name is Krishnaya and I'm 17 years old. I've been doing classical Bharatanatyam Indian Dance for about 11 years. I've been taught by about 6 different teachers and I'm currently under the guidance of Mrs. Soujanya Madhusudhan who's the associate director for Bharata Darshana School of Indian Classical Dance and Music.
  I'm doing my Arangetram in 2016. An Arangetram means the etram or ascending of the arangam or performance on stage by a dancer.It is the first complete concert of a dancer.It is not a graduation; rather, it is the first milestone in one’s journey as a dancer. This first formal performance heralds the dancer’s commitment to this art form, and brings to light her caliber. Preparing for and performing one’s arangetram is a major life experience. It teaches one what true learning is. Mastering the sequence of any dance is the first step, be it a purely rhythmic one or a dance that emphasizes on human emotions. Understanding the literal and contextual meaning of each song is very important. When these come together, the depth of the dance gradually reveals itself. Overcoming physical and mental challenges, the dancer’s innermost feelings are invoked. This experience brings a clear understanding of what it takes to be a dancer. The foundation for advanced study of the art form is laid. 
       The costs for an Arangetram does add up. Here's the list for what the money will cover:
*new jewelry and bells
*rental of a hall
*1 years worth of preparatory dance classes
*photo-shoot for invitations
*printing of invitations
*printing of brochures for on the day of the Arangetram
*gifts for distinguished guests, speakers, and my dance teacher
*musicians (this includes the flight, hotel, and meals for 3 people plus the cost of the rehearsals)
*traditional dance costumes
 I need your financial assistance to help me on my journey to becoming a Bharatanatyam Classical Indian Dance teacher.  Please give from your heart and all blessings will be with you. Thank you!!


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Krishnaya Corbett 
Houston, TX
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