Dance From India
Preserving Indian Folk Art is a Key focus of the Sakthi Cultural Centre. Indian Folk Art is the tool used at the Sakthi Centre to teach self-esteem and confidence to young Dalit women. The precision of the performance arts teaches discipline, patience, strong work ethic, history, culture, and through the creative adaptation of the lyrics and scripts, the concepts of equality, unity, and justice.
Many of these art forms have been in danger of being lost. By teaching these art forms to young women, the Sakthi Centre provides a valuable service to the country and the whole of Indian culture.
Organizers of the cultural centre went from village to village, identifying art forms which were once strong but have fallen from use. In doing so, the Sakthi Centre became valuable to a large number of villages because they have in effect become the guardians of the cultural treasures of the people.
This respect for cultural artforms is a great strength of the Sakthi Centre, and at the same time, the Centre strives against tradition by actively working to break down traditional barriers of oppression and bigotry. The combination of these two factors creates a powerful force. The force of Sakthi.
The center is a treasure on many levels. In its ability to promote social justice, in promoting education and literacy, in training leaders, and and in preserving and re-energizing the sheer beauty of the art its self. Anyone seeking a cause to support in which they can experience the joy of knowing they have made a difference, would do well to align themselves with the Sakthi Cultural Centre. Become a member of the Centre’s Supportive Family. In this you have the opportunity to impact the life experience for many future generations.
Watch the short video of an interview with Sr. Chandra, conducted and filmed by Japanese musician and producer, Kazu Matsui.