“India’s precious heritage of music, drama and dance is one which we must cherish and develop. We must do so not only for our own sake but also as our contribution to the cultural heritage of mankind… In a democratic regime, the arts can derive their sustenance only from the people, and the state…. the organized manifestation of the people’s will, must, therefore, undertake… maintenance and development [of arts] as one of[its] first responsibilities…”Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
Sahrdaya Arts Trust is a charitable registered nonprofit organization, registered under Indian Charitable Trust Act-1820, in March 2011.Its vision is to create great art through a collective initiative of the artists, the spectators and the patrons to serve the long term best interests of Art. We aim to emerge as a presenter of Arts who empower the audiences by fulfilling their quest for self-actualization through creative and cultural experiences.
The Trust believes that a nation can be rich in every material sense, but, if it fails to provide for and nurture creative expression, it is impoverished in immeasurable ways. Our arts, culture and heritage define and strengthen each one of us as an individual and collectively as a country with a unique national identity. We believe that Arts can also provide sustainable and rewarding employment and contribute to the economic growth and prosperity of the nation.
Sahrdaya Arts Trust was conceived as a response to the need expressed by dance scholars and upcoming dancers to initiate a collective participative venture where the artists, the spectators, readers and the patrons together create, preserve and propagate art. The Trust shuns any religious or caste affiliations and believes in one global culture of humanity and arts.
Of the vast array of activities that we plan to undertake in the future, the Sahrdaya Arts Trust has taken up the following tasks with immediate effect:
- Publishing Nartanam, a quarterly journal on Indian Classical Dances which has completed twelve years of its publication by the Kuchipudi Kala Kendra, Mumbai with partial financial aid from the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi and which has now been taken over by the Sahrdaya Arts Trust in 2011. The journal provides a forum for scholarly dialogue on a broad range of topics concerning Indian dance. Its concerns are theoretical as well as performative. Textual studies, dance criticism, intellectual and interpretative history of Indian dance traditions will be its focus. It also publishes performance reviews and covers all major events in the field of dance in India and note sand comments on dance studies and performances abroad. A team of senior scholars, writers and performers from across the country and abroad and the editorial teams and advisors of Nartanam share the Trust’s vision.
- Publishing books on Art and Culture
- Providing a platform for both the talented young artists as well as the maestros to perform at intimate performance spaces to felicitate greater appreciation of classical dance and thus foster a strong bond between the artists, spectators and the patrons of dance.
While the Trust believe in the ability of art to take man to higher echelons of existence we are also sure of its ability to sustain itself. We hope to strive towards the funding of the activities of the Trust not only through the support of the corporate houses but also by motivating the spectators/readers of dance to be a part of the funding of its activities in future. We intend to work towards making the journal a financially self sustainable venture within a span of two years through its wide circulation/ sales, advertisements, etc. We also intend to be a platform to publish important works on art and culture and help scholars publish their works cost effectively.