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Pitt Dhirana 2019

Raised toward our $4,000 Goal
40 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on January 15, at 11:59 PM EST
Project Owners

Thank You!

January 28, 2019

As our EngagePitt campaign ends, we would like to thank everyone for their generous donations. With your help, we successfully reached our goal and raised $4,003 through the period of the campaign. We appreciate each and every one of you for your support and encouragement, and we hope to see you at the show on February 23, 2019. Tickets will be live on February 1, but in the meantime, be sure to follow us on social media or visit our website:

Final Stretch!

January 11, 2019

Dear Family and Friends of Dhirana,


Happy New Year!!! We hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday season with your family and friends. Just a friendly reminder that we are closing in on the last few days of our EngagePitt Campaign. Our New Year’s resolution this year is to carry out our mission statement to its full capacity along with making Dhirana 2019 one of the most successful since its inception 7 years ago!! Your donations help us fulfill our goals which include……

  1. Raising awareness of Indian Classical dance in our community - a niche art form that has been passed down for over 1,000 years! This competition we host not only preserves ancient Indian arts, but also is an integral step in passing it forward.

  2. Giving young dancers a platform to continue on and further spread the joy and knowledge of this art form in college and beyond!

  3. Helping uninsured and underserved populations of the Pittsburgh community through the Birmingham Free Clinic, a medical clinic devoted to providing free health care to those in need. Dhirana has helped fund an EKG machine, countless medications, and even more throughout the years.

With that being said please consider donating and always remember to…… #RESPECTTHECLASSICS

Celebrating the Eight Indian Classical Dances

January 02, 2019

The classical dance styles of India come together with their shared base in the Natya Shastra, an ancient text detailing the standards of performance arts in India. While they are all forms of storytelling, each of these styles developed over the course of hundreds of years to become unique in their movements, costumes, and symbolism, reflecting the rich history and diversity of Indian culture over the centuries.


In addition to celebrating these eight classical dances of India, we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy new year!

Raising Our Goal!

December 14, 2018

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated to our Engage Pitt campaign thus far! With so much support from community members such as yourself, Dhirana is guaranteed to succeed this upcoming February. However, there are more costs associated with running the show including technology and staff we pay for in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. We are raising our goal to $4,000 in the hope that we will receive continued support.  


Thank you all again, and we wish everyone a safe and peaceful holiday season! 

Seven Reasons Why Dhirana

December 04, 2018

Hello Family and Friends of Dhirana!


We want to thank you for your continued support and generosity towards Dhirana 2019!!! We are so excited for the show and can’t wait to share another memorable and inspiring evening with all of you. Please enjoy this graphic to get a little taste of why Dhirana means so much to the members of this organization and the Pittsburgh community.


Please don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions or concerns!!


Dhirana Acrostic Poem

November 26, 2018

Hey everyone! We hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! We are incredibly thankful for the continued support and generosity from everyone around the country. Please enjoy this acrostic poem to learn why Dhirana is important to each and every one of us.


D - evoted

H - eart Warming

I - ndian Classical Dance

R - espect the Classics

A - iding the Community

N - ationality

A - wareness


Please don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions or inquiries!

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Alarippu is the first dance piece a Bharatnatyam dancer learns and performs. This dance offers respect to God and the audience. This donation will be used to pay for prizes for the teams.



Pushpanjali is the opening dance in a performance. It is the salutation to the lord of dance Nataraja, the Guru (dance teacher), the musicians and the audience. This donation will be used to pay for trophies and gifts for the teams.



Jatiswaram is the next dance in a performance after Alarippu. It is a technical dance that showcases the form of Bharatnatyam, without any words. This donation will be used to pay for t-shirt printing.



Kouvtuam is a piece that combines technique and expression in praise of a God. This donation will be used to pay for program printing.



Thillana is a rhythmic piece that is usually performed at the end of a dance performance. It is one of the hardest dances to master technique wise. This donation will be used to pay for audio and lighting for the venue.



Padams are pieces of reverence and expression during devotional religious prayer. The music that accompanies this dance is lighter and more emotional. This donation will be used to pay for audio and lighting for the venue.



Varnams are the centerpieces of an arangetram (Bharatnatyam dance recital). These dances are performed to the most complex pieces of Carnatic music. This donation will be used to pay for the rental costs of the venue.

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