In July 2020, Nautanki Creations was founded by Ankita Alemona, a performing artist, in direct response to the pandemic. The performing arts industry ceased to exist and Ankita (along with many other artists all over the world) suddenly found herself having to work virtually, for the first time ever!
In less than a year, Nautanki Creations has grown into a widely respected platform that seeks to highlight the work of performing artists in the digital field.
Our team at Nautanki Creations now consists of three artists - Ankita Alemona, Nidhi Baadkar and Nidhil Vohra. We are a group of artists supporting artists. We are all volunteers who have worked hard to create thoughtful programming for this summer to inspire and restore our artist communities.
One of our important missions is to encourage and facilitate cross-cultural collaboration between artists based in India and Canada, our two home countries.
This had lead to the creation of the “Artist Date” series where we will (virtually) pair up 7 artists from India with 7 artists from Canada during the month of July 2021 for a month of cross-cultural and creative collaboration. Artists will then be invited to share their creations / works in progress at our annual Nautanki Festival (currently set for the end of July 2021).
We have seen how resilient our global artist community have been and have created this platform to raise funds to provide much-needed financial support to our artist communities, notably those in India.
Artists in India have had limited to no access to government support or financial aid and have had to rely on their personal savings or support from family to get through this year. These funds will give timely and immediate financial help for artists in India who have been impacted by the present situation, where most people have exhausted their savings or have no source of income to tide over the lockdown.
Your contribution will support and inspire a total of 22 artists, arts educators and arts managers to keep working this summer!
An overview of how the funds raised will be utilised (in order of priority)
To provide an honorarium of approx. 13, 500 INR to each of the 14 artists selected to partake in the “Artist Date Series." This amount is enough to cover one month's rent and food for our artist participants from India.
For the hiring of 5 additional arts educators for a series of professional development workshops which will be available to the “Artist Date” participants and the global artist community.
Our team of artists has worked for over one year on a completely volunteer basis. This amount will allow us to compensate our team at Nautanki Creations for administration, management, coordination and marketing of the Artist Date Series, Nautanki Festival and future programming.
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