Sakthi Center Celebrates 18th Anniversary, Aug. 15, 2011!
An event of historical mile stone
August 15, 2011
Sakthi Mission – completes 18 years
- by Cultural performance.
Please see the letter below, from Sr. Chandra, describing the experience
of the 18th Anniversary Celebration of Sakthi Centre.
The day became a memorable one in the history of Sakthi mission.
At 8 a.m – all gathered in the ground.
Sakthi Artists were in uniform and came in marching.
Prof.Mr.Manoharan was the chief guest to preside over the function.
Sakthi artiste could present cultural programs and Miss.S. Murugeswari could deliver a speech on Freedom.
11a.m Fr.Silvester D’Cruz sac was with us to celebrate a Thanks giving mass.
We had a very lively and meaningful Eucharistic Celebration.
All the artiste were offering themselves to God along with their
Folk art tools and received Gods blessings.
Sakthi senior artiste with their family
Sakthi present artiste with their parents
Sakthi community College Students
Sakthi present trainees with their parents
Arpana akkas and ICM sisters were all happy about Coming together and shared the meal prepared by the artiste.
After the meal every one felt free to meet one another and shared their stories.
The day reached its high light by 4.30 p.m
Mr. Monivannan, Principal,ABC Politechnic, Dindigul was presiding the function.
The one hundred students who were trained during the year 2010 -2011
at our Sakthi community college in four groups Folk Dances, Tailoring,
Computer applications and Folk craft work received their Certificates.
Mr. R.S.Mony, The District President, Tamilnadu Forward Writers and Artiste Association, Dindigul,
honored the senior artiste of our Sakthi Group.
Two of our senior artiste was sharing their lived experiences.
The gist of their experience they tried to express in one simple sentence.
“When we came to Sakthi we were like clay and after the training we became a beautiful statue.”
Mr. Ramamoorthy, The District Secretary, Literature Forum, Dindigul, honored the present artiste of our Sakthi Group.
He was appreciating the new venture taken by Sakthi group and the commitment of the artiste in promoting Counter Cultural Values.
Mr.K.Murugan, Thasildar,Revenue Department, Dindigul honored the musicians.
Cultural program was given by the present Sakthi artiste.
Welcoming the new members for this year training was done by giving a lamp.
The celebration came to an end at 6.30 p.m when we announced National Anthem and
we could experience God’s blessings with good shower.
Sakthi Dancers Live in Marion Square
On the morning of July 16th, people attending the Farmer’s Market had a rare opportunity to see the Sakthi Dancers live in Marion Square. It was a beautiful morning, and the vibrant colors of Charleston in summer provided an excellent setting for the outdoor performance. (more…)
Sakthi Live Charleston
Sakthi Live Charleston — On the weekend of July 2 & 3, 2011, people had a chance to see a live performance by the Sakthi Dancers in Charleston, SC, USA. The performance was a featured part of the FetNA convention hosted at the Gaillard Auditorium. We will post photos from the other performances on the tour as they become available.
The audience at the Gaillard Auditorium seemed to be thrilled with the performance, giving the talented young women multiple standing ovations.
The music and dance is moving. The costumes are vibrant, and the message is powerful.
Since this program was presented to an audience of Tamil Sangrams, the narration was presented in the Tamil language. The members of the audience who spoke English as their first language may have had difficulty understanding the details of what was said, and yet the message of energy, creativity, and personal power spoke loudly and eloquently through the artistry of the talented young women.
The Sakthi Dancers carry the message of empowerment and progress everywhere they go, and their artistry speaks much more loudly than words.
The Dancers’ tour of performances also include a performance July 9th, 2011 at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in Summerville, South Carolina, a July 16th performance at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and a July 23rd performance in Atlanta, Ga.
If you have an opportunity to experience the power of Sakthi live, it is highly recommended that you do so.
There are so many aspects of the performance which are unique and meaningful.
Please consider signing up to be a member of the Sakthi Supportive Family, by filling out the short form in the right sidebar of this website.
Here are a few more photos from the Charleston performance.
Thank you for visiting our web page on Sakthi Live Charleston. The Sakthi Dancers greatly appreciate your friendship and support.
Charity For India
If you have a heart of Charity for India, we would like to make you aware of an effort that is very effective and inspiring.
In the Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu, India, the Sakthi Cultural Centre has established a successful and powerful source of inspiration and renewal for the empowerment of women who have been oppressed for 2000 years.
The vision of the Sakthi Cultural Centre
– Empowering women in order to make them stand on their own and become economically independent and thus help them to take up leadership roles in the society in which they live.
– To conscientize women on the many forms of discrimination that women face in the society and to enable them to stand up against their oppression and exploitation.
– To nurture the positive self-image of women as human persons with dignity and rights through life orientation programs and capacity building projects.
–To develop their collective strength for their liberation with a view to promoting wider social change.
–To facilitate the recovery and revival of the traditional Folk arts, and to apply them creatively for people’s emancipation.
Sakthi is a Public Charitable and Educational Trust know as Sakthi Folk Cultural Center, formed in 2006. The membership is composed of Sakthi Centre Trust Members, Sakthi Supportive Family Members and well wishers, Sakthi Artistes, Animators and Tuition Teachers, Sakthi Training Students and Children’s Group of Sakthi.
Sakthi networks with:–Department of Art and Culture Tamil Nadu –South Zone Cultural Center – Ministry of Art and Culture India –International Centre for Literacy and Culture Tokyo
What is Sakthi?
Sakthi means Energy, or Power.
Sakthi in another context signifies Woman.
Sakthi Centre nurtures the positive self-image of young Dalit Women to lead a purposeful life with dignity and rights as human persons.
Sakthi Center trains young women to discover their talents and develop their potential to make them economically independent and lead a life that is personally fulfilling and socially constructive and useful.
To do this, a specially deisgned training program is conducted for them for a year. Life oriented Sakthi training program provides a solid foundation for our trainees to equip themselves with multiple skills.
* To recognize the bubbling energy within and develop their potential to the full.
* Exercises on Yogo to gain awareness of oneself. Street Theatre exercises to beak through the fear.
*Folk Dances and Folk Music to come alive with their own talents
*Tae Kwondo exercises to learn more of self defensive techniques.
The Sakthi Centre was established by the Icm Congregation Sisters as a vehicle to teach, inspire, and ultimately emancipate young Dalit women.
To watch a series of short videos revealing more about the vision of Sakthi Center, look at the bottom of each page on this website. To get started, you canClick HERE.