70 discrete events (concerts, company performances, social gatherings etc.)
Physical Audience Reach of ~8,000
New Studio Space of 2,000 sq. ft.
Active Navatman School Students 160
Total Students Impacted (2010 - 2014) 550
Student Performances 12
Classes per Week 54
Total Reach through School 1,400
Total Reach through Workshops 45
Social Events 3
Total Reach through Social Events 45
Navatman Concerts 39
Total Reach through Concerts 3,500
Navatman Dance Performances 14
Total Reach through Navatman Dance 2,700
Navatman Music Collective Performances 3
Total Reach through Navatman Music Collective 700
Media Partners 20
Press Coverage > 20 articles
Community Supporters 200
Navatman Staff 4.5
Navatman Interns / Work-Study 4
School Departments 7
By Umesh Venkatesan
I have heard tennis players say that they pursued the sport because they were “ball hogs,” greedy of the limelight and the freedom an empty court affords. I suspect that many Indian performing artists feel likewise (bell hogs?), and in the case of some arts such as Bharatanatyam, why not? After all, the style originated and evolved as a solo form, with chief importance placed on a codified repertoire known as the margam (Sanskrit for “path”).
However, I was forced to reexamine this belief after working in New York City and with the Indian diaspora, catering to audiences spreading vastly beyond the predominantly Desi patrons in suburban auditoriums...
By Kamini Dandapani
In the pantheon of Hindu gods, music and dance are revered and relished. The Goddess Saraswathi, resplendent in white, plays divine music on her veena; the music of Krishna's flute is loved by man and animal alike; the earth-shaking power of Nataraja's cosmic dance, accompanied by the enchanting rhythms of the dhamaru drums, carries within it the forces of creation and destruction.
In the realm of mortals, this divine Carnatic music with its sublime poetry, soul-melting ragams and electrifying percussive structures has universal appeal that can be enjoyed at kutcheris, or concerts, in sabhas or auditoria around the world...
By Sheila Sarma
Growing up in both the United States and India introduced me to a variety of music that I found exciting and inspiring.
My parents were among the first wave of Indian immigrants to settle down in Rochester, New York, and regularly hosted Carnatic musicians during their concert tour. Balamurali Krishna and N. Ramani were among the many artists who performed, and gave the community an opportunity to reconnect with their roots while introducing the younger generation to a part of our heritage.
My family eventually moved back to India and I was fortunate to have Indian dance and music as part of the cultural landscape. My memories of music in Madras are vivid: learning vocal Carnatic music with my sister, visiting houses during Navaratri with music in the air, attending concerts during music season in December.
I realize I had the best of both worlds growing up. Now, as a parent of two young boys in New York, I would love to ensure that my children will similarly have the best of what the world has to offer. My sons learn Mandarin, are well-versed in international soccer, and have visited many more countries than I had when I was their age.
They are learning much from the world around them, and for this I am grateful.
However, there is also the drawback of getting lost among the various activities, experiences, and environments...
Navatman's End of Year Newsletter 2014
Thanks to Sheila Sarma, Kamini Dandapani and Umesh Venkatesan for helping our newsletter come together!