Natya Nivedanam fundraiser brings Indian culture to Dallas


Shriya Vanparia

Natya Nivedanam is an Indian dance event that features dance schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A Bhartanatyam dancer wears a four piece dress set that includes a salwaar with joint fan, blouse, chunni and hips.

Anjali Krishna, Staff Writer

On Sunday, groups of Indian classical dancers from all over Dallas will perform in the style of bharatanatyam to raise money for Pediplace, an organization providing healthcare for little to no cost to uninsured children.

The performance begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center in Garland. Admission is $15.

This dance festival is organized by Vani Ishwara, who runs Natyaveda, a non-profit organization dedicated to Indian classical dance that teaches bharatanatyam dance to anyone who wishes to learn. Bharatanatyam is a traditional style of Indian dance that is taught by many Indian teachers or “gurus” who relocate from India. 

“This event and this style of dance being here in Dallas is a big part of bringing Indian culture here. It shows off our Indian heritage and reminds us of where we’re from,” said CHS junior and host Sona Selvamani. 

Natyaveda’s yearly fundraiser helps a medical practice of their choice. In previous years, the profits have gone Make-a-Wish and St. Jude’s hospital. Nearly 10 schools will be holding multiple performances to support Pediplace.

Around 10 dance schools are performing at this event in Garland.

 “The program is a great way to meet new people and see Indian culture here. It’s just an entirely new community for my family and me,” Selvamani said. 

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