Suchitra Sairam and Kala Vandanam are honored to be recipients of a 2015 Knight Arts Challenge grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This $20,000 matching grant is the cornerstone of support for Kala Vandanam to create an original full length work “Ritu – The Seasons,” inspired by beautiful works of music and literature from around the world, including Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) from 18th century Italy and Kalidasa’s Ritu Samhara from 4th century India.
While young ballet dancers and theater actors have many opportunities to audition for and participate in professional productions, young Bharatanatyam dancers have few comparable opportunities. Ritu – The Seasons is intended to be exactly that – fill this gap for young Twin Cities area Bharatanatyam dancers to come together and create their own artistic magic in a professional production. In addition, these young dancers will learn about production, marketing and other skills valuable both for their artistic endeavors and for other interests.
The artistic team includes Suchitra Sairam (concept, choreography and artistic direction), Jyothishmathi Sheejith (music composition), and Dipankar Mukherjee and Meena Natarajan of Pangea World Theater (directorial and dramaturgical guidance). Our goal is to give these young dancers motivation to continue their artistic pursuits beyond a hobbyist level.
We are so grateful to the support of well-wishers who have contributed nearly $18,000, as of March 31, 2017 – thank you!
We successfully staged the premiere of Ritu – The Seasons on January 28, 2017, and are looking forward to performances at the Como Conservatory in June, at Mears Park in August, and back to a theater in the fall.
Please support this endeavor (and these young dancers) with a contribution, and help us stage this production in all four seasons, indoors and outdoors. It would be our privilege to have you accompany us on this wonderful journey ahead!
To give you an idea on how your contribution can help:
- $25 – helps pay for studio rental for one rehearsal
- $50 – helps pay for nutritious snacks for young dancers during hours of rehearsal
- $100 – helps pay for marketing collateral (print and online, graphic and video) to help us introduce ourselves to new audiences
- $250 – helps pay for stage settings and supplies
- $500 – helps pay for free preview performances in the community
- $1000 – helps pay for all of the beautiful costuming from India for 3 cast members
- $1500 – helps pay for professional video and photo documentation
- $2000 – helps pay for venue rental, theater staff and insurance to stage one show
- $2500 – helps pay for the expert work from our world-class artistic collaborators
We are happy to acknowledge your contribution online and in-print in a way that suits your wishes.