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September 20, 2011 > Induz Dandiva

Induz Dandiva

Submitted By Ranna Patel Unthank

Since the 1970s school art and music programs across the United States have been drastically cut, and the recent downturn in the economy has once again forced schools to make further cuts in the art and music curriculum. The situation is bad here in the U.S. of late, but it is even worse in developing countries. Statistics from the National Assessment of Education and Progress show that students deprived of art education score much lower in basic skills. Art improves a child's early cognitive development, raises self-esteem, and enhances creativity and confidence in their formative years.

Induz is collectively working towards addressing this problem. Induz is a non-profit organization driven by Silicon Valley professionals with a passion to promote art and culture across the globe through its mission Where Art Meets Heart (WAMH). WAMH aims to nurture artistic talents by exposing individuals to the world of art and culture; promote and encourage the awareness and aptitude towards art and culture in young ones by setting up art programs in remote areas globally where underprivileged children can learn art, music, and dance; use art as a medium to bring diverse communities and cultures together; and encourage volunteerism, the spirit of giving, and active participation.

Induz provides art education for children in India through Tulika Project and now in the Bay Area public schools through Apollo Project. They organize regular and annual events in the Bay Area to raise funds for these projects, with the aim to connect people and cultures through the magic of 'The Art.' "Art is immensely important yet it seems to constantly take a backseat in today's society," said Ray Mitra, founder of Induz. "That needs to change. When people learn about the different forms of art from different cultures, when they are exposed to different communities and really see the beauty and benefit of what these cultures have to offer, lives change."

To continue with these efforts, Induz has organized a super exciting "Induz Dandiya" fundraiser on September 24 at Centerville Junior High School in Fremont to raise funds for projects in both the United States and India. This Dandiya event is to celebrate the "Navratri" ("Nav" = night and "ratri "= nights) festival of nine nights where, as per Hindu mythology, it is believed that "Maa Durga/Ambe" visits the earth during Navratri to kill and destroy the evil and bring peace, love and harmony to people on earth!

This fundraiser event will enable Induz to raise funds to reach out and offer the Apollo project to more low income schools in Bay Area, and also continue to support the Tulika project for the under privileged children in the orphanages in India. Please visit for more details on these projects.

"Induz Dadiya" will be the first ever Bay Area Dandiya event to feature a spectacular laser lights display! It will be performed by the very popular and well known Bay Area artists, Dr. Sharvari Dixit and Troupe.

Dandiya is a traditional folk dance of India from Gujarat state. It is played with two sticks and is a very gracious and energetic dance, which has its own form of style and art to it. Ray Mitra said, "Art - all art, be it music, dance, painting or any other form - is a medium for bringing diverse cultures and communities together. That's our vision. We see the point of 'connection' as being Where Art Meets Heart. If we can accomplish that for our children then the world of their future will be a peaceful and happy place."

Tickets for "Induz Dandiya" can be bought online from or by contacting Ray Mitra at (510) 875-5006 or Sanjay Saxena at (510) 449-8530. Early bird ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for children up to 12 years old. Regular prices are $12 for adults and $7 for children. Children under five are free. For more information about Induz or to make a donation, please visit

Induz Dandiya
Saturday, September 24
7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Centerville Junior High School
37720 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 875-5006
Tickets: $6 - $12

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