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Jiva’s The Four Horsemen at Yale

Natyamandala presents The Four Horsemen by Jiva Dance preceded by an Indian Classical Dance workshop by Sonali Skandan.

LUCE Hall Auditorium 34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06511

This is a free event
Sunday, Nov 10th | 6:00 PM

The Four Horsemen:


Sonali Skandan, Aishwarya Madhav, Amrita Doshi, Bharathi Penneswaran

Sunday, Nov. 10th | 6:00 PM

*This is a free event

Indian Classical Dance workshop by Sonali Skandan:

Sunday, Nov. 10th | 11:00 AM

Harkness Ballroom, Yale University

To sign up email smita.krishnaswamy@yale.edu

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Jiva Performing Arts exist to develop and present new voices in the classical arts of India through creation, performance, and education. Since 2007, Jiva Performing Arts has taken an innovative approach to promote and preserve the classical arts of India in the US. Jiva is comprised of a professional dance company, Jiva Dance and Akshara Music Ensemble which creates innovative works that reimagine traditional pieces, and a School that provides comprehensive training from beginner through professional levels in these dance and music traditions. Through the Company and the School, Jiva not only preserves the artistic legacy as passed down by traditional Gurus and teachers, but creates new works that affirm the relevance, vitality, and freshness of Indian classical arts. Through Jiva's dedication to high-quality education and programming, as well as a close-knit and supportive community, Jiva has become one of the more visible South Asian Arts organizations in the US.

In the past year alone, Jiva has presented at some very major venues including the ART New York Theaters, Dixon Place NYC, Queens College, The Juilliard School, the World Music Festival in Chicago, Gibney Dance and many others throughout the US. Our innovative programming continues to attract an audience base that is a diverse, culturally-aware, urban population.

This year, we are aiming to raise a much–needed $35,000 to support and grow our work in 2020. Your donation to Jiva will help support the creation of new work, our annual Vidyanjali student recital, our very intimate Solo Studio Showcases, our Master Workshops and informal seminars, a growing Jiva Faculty, our valuable Program Assistant, as well as our daily Operational Costs. All this to help Jiva strengthen its mission and goals.

By giving to our cause, you become a lifelong member of Jiva's Patron Circle. Your faith in our work speaks volumes and we are

An Evening with Jiva

Help us celebrate our work and expand our next phase…

DAG Fuller Building, Suite 708, 41 East 57th St. New York, New York 10022

Purchase tickets Here - Early Bird tickets $75 until Oct. 31

Thursday, Nov. 14th, 2019

The Board and Patrons of Jiva Performing Arts invite you to our Sixth Gala celebrating 12 years!

Performances - Drinks - Hors d'oeuvres - Good Company

Jiva's Sixth Gala celebrates 12 wonderful years of excellence in Indian classical dance and music programming and pedagogy. Join us for exclusive performances, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and dancing, as we celebrate 12 years of art-making and share our plans for the exciting future of Jiva Performing Arts.


Master of Ceremonies: Nitin Madan

Key Note Speaker: Alejandra Duque Cifuentes

Jiva Dance presenting excerpts from The Four Horsemen, featuring Sonali Skandan, Aishwarya Madhav, Amrita Doshi and Bharathi Penneswaran.

Music by Apoorva Mudgal - Hindustani/Indie singer and songwriter

...and Performances by emerging students of Jiva Performing Arts

Jiva Dance at the Lotus World Dance Festival 2019

Jiva Dance is excited to perform at the Lotus Music and Dance World Dance Festival 2019

Manhattan Movement Arts Center, 248 West 60th St NYC
Tickets: Here
Sunday October 27th | 4:00 PM

The Lotus Dance and Music presents Dancing Across Cultural Borders featuring Jiva Dance and musical ensemble. The festival includes pre-performance discussions and demonstrations that will provide information on the cultural context and technique of the art form.


Dancers: Sonali Skandan, Maya Kappil, Amrita Doshi
Nattuvangam: Kiran Rajagopalan
Vocals: Vignesh Ravichandran
Mridangam: Bala Skandan
Violin: Neha Krishnamachary

Jiva’s 2019 Annual Campaign

Will You consider Supporting Jiva into 2019?


Jiva has become a proven leader in the preservation and promotion of the classical arts of India in the US, and your continued support is needed now more than ever to help us continue our work. This year, Jiva is not hosting an annual Gala, but relying on our annual campaign and donations from supporters like you to continue our work.

We ask that you consider making fully tax-deductible donation to allow us to continue the work we do. Your donation to Jiva will help support:
The premiere of Jiva dance’s new production in NYC
Our annual Vidyanjali student recital
Our very intimate solo studio showcases
Our Master Workshops and informal seminars
A growing Jiva faculty
Our valuable Program Assistant
Our daily operational costs, which includes space, marketing, insurance ands bank fees to name a few
Plus many more endeavors that Jiva is a part of

We are hoping to raise a much needed $35,000 by Dec. 31, 2018 to help support our programming costs.

Please consider and help shape the future of Indian classical dance in NYC. If you would like to donate, please click this link here .

A little bit about Jiva....
Jiva has proven itself to be one of the leading Indian classical arts organizations in the area. We have received considerable recognition not only in the New York Times, but has also been recognized as a growing leader in the arts: among many accomplishments, Jiva was invited to bring classical Indian dance to the Joffrey Ballet School for the first time in its 62-year history, the first Indian dance company to be awarded the CUNY Dance Initiative residency where Jiva dance has developed its new work, recording Bharatanatyam lessons for Juilliard’s new online educational programs, and receiving the inaugural Dance/NYC Dance Advancement Fund as well as grants from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

In the past year alone, Jiva has presented at some very major venues including the 92STY, Symphony Space, Queens College, Gibney Dance and St. Lawrence University. Our work has been featured by NBC Universal, and Jiva Dance’s first dance film short was an official selection at the NY Indian Film Festival. Jiva has presented master artists from India as well as Grammy-award winning musician Glen Velez. Jiva has presented intimate concerts as its signature Solo Studio showcase, the abhinaya baithak and the chamber music series throughout the NYC area, supporting professional local artists and students. All of this was in large part due to your continued support.

Our appeal is vital - In the arts economy that we live in, recognition and achievement does not bring with it the support Jiva needs to sustain its everyday creative and operational needs, as well as its growing educational programming. Jiva has received more and more support from foundations and government grant-agencies. Yet these grants – as is often the case – only fund a small percentage of these projects and operations. It is your tax-deductible contribution that makes our programming possible, and helps us further our mission and goals. Please see the pie charts below which demonstrates how your donations have supported tour work in the last fiscal year.

We thank you for supporting Jiva, and we look forward to seeing you at future events!

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