Founded in 1986, Sruti promotes and presents Indian classical music and dance to educate the Philadelphia community on the importance of Indian arts. Over the past 20 years, Sruti has presented artists such as sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar (as part of the organization’s 10th-anniversary celebration) and Sudha Raghunathan, one of the world’s most acclaimed Carnatic vocalists. In addition to public presentations, Sruti also publishes an annual magazine, Sruti Ranjani, and a periodical, Sruti Notes. In 2015, Sruti received a Center grant to present the premiere of Saayujya (The Merging), a performance inspired by themes of liberty and freedom drawn from Philadelphia’s history, featuring two of India’s preeminent artists, bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind and Carnatic musician T. M. Krishna. Center support also funded Sruti’s 2014 Philadelphia debut of leading bharata natyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai, as well as Sounds of India: Influences and Integration of Folk Melodies in Carnatic Music (2012).
Poet, critic, and teacher Claudia La Rocco addresses the question “Should we dance in museums?” She argues that dance must be “contextualized in a larger curatorial framework.”
Leah Stein choreographed a dance to an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang that eventually toured to San Francisco.
Philadelphia Dance Projects has grown into an organization focused on presenting performances and workshops to challenge and develop local artists.
Kiranavali Vidyasankar is a vocalist, music teacher, and writer who comes from a lineage of legendary Carnatic (South Indian) musicians.
Tom Schorgl has been president and CEO of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture since its inception in 1997.
Leigh Ann Hahn plays a crucial role in Grand Performances’ capacity to fund and present up to 70 performances and themed festivals each summer.
Established in 2004, Jazz Bridge is a hybrid nonprofit organization joining performance presentation with professional support services for regional jazz and blues artists.
Dolce Suono Ensemble, founded by flutist Mimi Stillman in 2005, presents highly acclaimed chamber music concerts in Philadelphia and on tour.
The Kimmel Center, Inc. presents a discussion with Dr. Gala True, whose research on post-deployment health and reintegration into society will inform a conversation around the arts’ role in the veteran community.
Composer John Harbison leads a jazz workshop with area students and professional musicians.
Richard Evans is co-founder and president of EmcArts, a New York City firm that works to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.