Attention!!: This website is no longer functional! Surprisingly they went off the web after this article was published.
Updates (2 March 2010)- Please do not communicate with this group !!! Suspicious activity probable!!! Please read the following comment from Ramya (Use your discretion!)
Ramya K has sent in a a link to Auroville Cultural Centre’s (ACC) website. ACC, according to their website, is based at Auroville, TN, India. Auroville, if I remember right, is near Pondichery. I have been to Auroville a long time ago and I recall seeing a huge globe shaped meditation hall and the develpoment of a community living space and quarters around it. At that time there were a lot of people of other nationalities, (especially French) who visited and lived in Auroville. I am not sure of how it has shaped up in the last decade or so.
ACC aims to spread the reach of Bharathanatyam through innovative projects. One of their projects consists of providing support to deserving young upcoming dancers. (But a lot of their links are broken as of today!)
Information on their support system for dancers can be found here:-
To be eligible for their support/ assistance services they have decided upon the following eligibility criteria :-
- You can fill in the application form if you:
- are based in South India or Orissa, are from 10 to 35 years old, are or want to become a professional full-time or part-time dancer, and fulfil their performance assessment criteria
Their assistance and services are offered for free only for dancers who come from middle-class or low-income families. If your family’s income is over Rs. 3 lakhs a year, you may apply for their paid services.
Some of their Long term Projects include:-
The outcome of their pilot project is reported as follows:-
“The pilot project implemented for a virtually unknown 14-year -old Bharatanatyam dancer from Chennai:
· the dancer’s web site is visited by over 300 people per day (25% of whom are from India) specifically looking for the classical Indian dance-related information on the Internet
· since March 2005 the dancer has been receiving donations comparable with the average income of a professional Bharathanatyam dancer in India
· the dancer has received via her web site a number of invitations to give performances/workshops abroad;
· less than 5% of the visitors chose to read about the dancer’s awards/prizes”
Listed contacts Do not contact!)
by email at by phone at +91-(0)9841629630 by post at Waves,
Kottakupam Post Office,
Tamil Nadu, India 605104
Disclaimer : I am not aware of this organization or any of its members. I am just making this information available to you. Please use your discretion while applying for any assistance or support from any organization.