September 24, 2013 > Induz Dandia
By Medha Raman
Laser lights, brightly colored dresses, rhythmic music, and festive dances will once again light up the night as ÒInduz DandiyaÓ takes center stage at Centerville Junior High School in Fremont. The event has sold out for the past three years, and volunteers at Induz are looking forward to record participation and fundraising for the organizationÕs projects in the United States and India.
Induz is one of the few nonprofit organizations to focus on multi-cultural arts curriculum for afterschool programs in low income schools to remedy effects of years of cuts in school art and music programs. InduzÕs signature program, ÒPassport to the World,Ó has been taught in over 45 schools. ÒPassport to the WorldÓ takes children on a virtual journey across the globe, teaching them about local arts, culture of the region, geography, and history. The program helps Bay Area student communities learn about other cultures in a fun and creative way; to interpret the arts of the region they visit on their own. It fosters better understanding of cultures around the world and instills pride in children whose families come from the country visited.
The program is very popular among teachers and students; kids feel like they have traveled around the world, passport in hand, without ever stepping out of the classroom. In addition, through ÒProject Tulika,Ó Induz has been providing free art, music, and dance education to children at orphanages in India for the last five years.
Induz founder Ray Mitra says the technology industry and the national education system realize that creativity fuels innovation; and art education helps young minds think outside the box and come up with creative solutions. In 2013, the U.S. government introduced STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), an initiative to add art and design to the national agenda for education. InduzÕs program can help bring essential arts skills to those that need it most for a better and brighter future.
ÒAll art, be it music, dance, painting or any other form, is a medium for bringing diverse cultures and communities together. We see the point of connection as being ÔWhere Art Meets Heart.Õ If we can accomplish that for our children then the world of their future will be a peaceful and happy place,Ó says Mitra.
To raise funds for their many projects, Induz will once again host Dandiya on Saturday, September 28. Dandiya is a traditional folk dance of India from the western state of Gujarat and is typically performed during the Hindu ÒNavratriÓ (ÒNavÓ = nine and ÒratriÓ = nights) festival. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga visits the earth during these nine days to destroy evil and bring joy to the hearts of people. In the Dandiya dance, men, women and children typically dance in two concentric circles with sticks in their hands. Danced with grace, energy and vigor, the opposite sides hit the sticks to a beat producing a rhythmic sound. Live music for both Dandiya and Garba will be provided by the Bay AreaÕs very popular Alaap group. Induz Dandiya is also the first in the U.S. to include a laser lights display with the dancers.
Please visit www.sulekha.com/induz or contact Ray Mitra at (510) 875-5006 for tickets. More information and volunteering opportunities can be found at www.induz.org or by contacting Mitra.
Saturday, Sept 28
7 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Centerville Junior High School Auditorium
37720 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
Tickets: $15 adults, $9 children under 10, free for children under five
Discounts available for group purchases