Every year, under the guidance of their Artistic Director, Guru. Smt. Preetha Sheshadri, the students of Kalaniketan School of Indian Music and Dance come together to put on a performance that highlights the skills that they have learned in the past year. This year’s production took place on May 27, 2019, and featured a fusion of Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam dance. The theme of the program was “Theerth Yatra,” a pilgrimage across some of the most popular temples in India.
This year, a few of the senior students at this school decided to take on the initiative of using this production as an opportunity to make a positive impact on the community by raising funds for a charity. Considering how lack of housing is such a prevalent issue in this area, they decided that HomeFirst would be the ideal organization to be on the receiving end of this charitable act. All students and parents of this school put in tireless hours of commitment and dedication in learning the pieces, going to rehearsals, and organizing the event in order to have everything run smoothly the day of the event, but it was all worth it seeing their efforts result in such a beautiful display of culture and talent. Furthermore, the ability to contribute to the betterment of the community in addition to being able to enjoy such captivating performances made this experience extremely memorable.
With the contributions of so many people and the sponsorship by Shastha Foods, Mahi’s Invesco, Mangoes Indian Cuisine, they raised $3,135 towards combating homelessness in the Santa Clara County. They hope to continue the growth of their program and look forward to many more opportunities to aid the community.