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October 2, 2012 > Induz's Dandiya for a Cause

Induz's Dandiya for a Cause

By Nisha Patel

The festivities of fall call for twinkling lights, sparkling cholis, and festive dancing. There is no better way to celebrate the end of Navratri and the beginning of the Diwali season than at Dandiya for a Cause. This family-friendly event, hosted by Induz, October 6 at Centerville Junior High School in Fremont, will raise funds for the organization's projects in both the United States and India.

This dandiya event is to celebrate the "Navratri" ("Nav" = nine and "ratri" = nights) festival of nine nights. In Hindu mythology it is believed that "Maa Durga/Ambe" visits the earth during Navratri to kill and destroy evil and bring peace, love, and harmony to people on earth. Dandiya is a traditional folk dance of India from Gujarat state played with two sticks to accompany energetic music.

Induz Dandiya was sold out last year, and is back again this year featuring a spectacular laser lights display! The very popular and well-known Bay Area artist Dimple Patel and Troupe will be the DJ for the Dandiya/Garba event. There will be children's activities throughout the night as well as a laser showcase dandiya. For an hour before the event, there will be freestyle dancing with a mix of traditional and Bollywood music styles.

Induz is one of Bay Area's many non-profit organizations, collectively working to stabilize the effects of recent cuts in school music and art programs across the United States. Induz provides free art education for orphan children in India, along with a number of schools in the Bay Area. For the last few years, Induz has supported 14 low-income schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, but is now expanding to 30 schools. This dandiya fundraiser will allow Induz to reach out to these schools and programs through the Apollo and Tulika projects.

Recently, artwork completed through Induz's programs was selected to be displayed in Terminal 3 at the San Francisco International Airport for a one-month period between December and January. Induz was chosen mainly because of its goals to provide art and culture training through multiple cultures, and making a difference in the local community in places where there is currently little emphasis. For this reason, local politicians, including Jose Esteves and Anu Natarajan, are board members of the Induz organization.

"Art is immensely important yet it seems to constantly take a backseat in today's society," said Ray Mitra, founder of Induz. "That needs to change. When people learn about the different forms of art from different cultures, when they are exposed to different communities and really see the beauty and benefit of what these cultures have to offer, lives change."

Tickets for Induz Dandiya can be bought online from or by contacting Ray Mitra at (510) 875-5006 or Sanjay Saxena at (510) 449-8530. Advance ticket prices are $12 for adults and $7 for children up to 10 years old, and $14 for adults and $8 for children if purchased at the door. Children under five are free.

Induz Dandiya
Saturday, Oct 6
7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
(Free dandiya classes: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Centerville Junior High School Auditorium
37720 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 449-8530
(510) 875-5006
Tickets: $7 - $14

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