From all of us at Dhirana, thank you SO much for your outpouring of donations and support the past two months, and the past five years since Dhirana’s inception. We are so thankful to be surrounded by such a giving community that respects the classics.
Be sure to watch the video below for a special thank you message from the Dhirana 2018 team!
Watch our video for a word from the classical dancers on our sponsorship committee!
With five days left in our campaign, each and every donation is so vital to our cause - and we are so thankful for the opportunity to spread and share our roots of dance through this organization, all while helping our community!
Hello family and friends!
We hope all of your holidays went well! Pitt students and faculty are back from break and ready to take on the spring semester! Dhirana has come so far during the break. We reached our goal of $4,500 thanks to all of YOUR generous donations, and cannot thank you enough!
We believe we can take this a step further, and raise even more money to help cover the costs for the program publication and printing costs! So, we are further raising our goal to $5,000! This would break Dhirana's crowdfunding record, as we have NEVER had a goal this high for our EngagePitt campaign. With your help, we believe this is a goal within reach for the conclusion of our Engage Pitt campaign.
Hello friends and family!
Finals are over for Pitt students, winter break has arrived, and here come the holidays! That doesn’t mean Dhirana stops working though…
Over winter break, every committee is working to accomplish our organizational goals as the new year approaches. Our Design committee is working on the layout of our members’ quarter zip sweatshirts. Our Fundraising committee is planning our BIGGEST fundraising event of the year, our on campus formal dinner on January 27th. Our Public Relations committee is spreading the word about EngagePitt and collaborating with Fundraising to create the tickets for formal dinner. Every committee has an important role to fulfill and we are excited for what the new year has in store.
Our EngagePitt campaign is still running through the break and thus after until January 17th and we are SO close to our goal of $4,500. With the help of you, family, and friends we can reach our highest EngagePitt goal in the history of Dhirana! Thank you again to everyone who has already donated. The members of Dhirana wish everyone happy holidays!
Our EngagePitt campaign has been going fantastically. Thank you so much to those who have already donated to us, your contributions are essential to us hosting this competition. We are 3 weeks into our EngagePitt campaign and we still have 5 weeks to go until our end date on January 17th!
Although we have surpassed our first goal of $2,000, we as an organization have decided to raise our goal up to $4,500, due to our success thus far in the EngagePitt campaign. The cost of hosting Dhirana is $20,544.94. As highlighted in our project description, these costs go towards Soldiers and Sailors venue, food for teams, gifts, publications, and numerous other expenses. Our sponsorship committee has a goal of $12,000 and EngagePitt is one of our largest platforms for funding. The additional $2,500 dollars that will come from raising our goal will go towards organizing a pre-competition mixer for teams as well as a post competition celebration to make the weekend more enjoyable and to guarantee the continuation of our competition in the future. The food and venue rentals for these two events comes to a total $4,500. With YOUR help, we can guarantee that our dedicated dancers will be excited to participate in Dhirana for years to come. With a promise of more dance teams comes a larger audience, thus more ticket sales from the competition that will go towards the Birmingham Free Clinic in Pittsburgh, a clinic that provides free healthcare to the uninsured population.
We also would like to thank everyone who attended our Second Annual Dhirana Gala this past Saturday! The dance schools led by Shobhitha Ravi and Nandini Mandal performed lovely dances, along with Pitt’s very own Nrityamala who performed Pushpanjali and their competition piece. We enjoyed a night of Indian food, classical dance, and spreading the beauty of this wonderful art form. Stay tuned for information about gala next year! Below are a few pictures from the Gala.
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.