Performing art is the heart and soul of India, with its color, stories, rhythm, vigor and magic across our fairs, our festivals, our concerts, and our homes. And for this art to live, the artist needs to live.
The COVID-19 pandemic along with the lockdown followed by the cyclone Amphan has given a severe blow to the current as well as future economic opportunities & living conditions of several performing artist families across India.
Our performing artists earned their livelihood through performances, social engagements. However, with all events being cancelled owing to social distancing norms and with no savings and an uncertain future, these artists are struggling to survive.
We would be directly supporting the worst affected performing artists and the most needy for immediate support from Delhi, West Bengal, Odisha, and Maharashtra and many others from around India, who have been carrying with them performing art traditions of several generations.
We invite you to generously contribute to this campaign and help the artists, who have always made our holidays, our experiences magical. Your contributions will allow not only the artist's family to weather the current storm but also give them the strength to work on the sustenance of their art forms.
Let us come together to stand with our artist families in this hour of crisis.
About the Campaign Organizers
The Sursagar Society of Dilli Gharana was established in 1940 in New Delhi, India, a one-of-its-kind institution working solely towards promoting Indian Classical Music amongst youth through festivals, documentation, and provision of Guru-Shishya parampara based high-quality education and preserving & showcasing its rich repertoire of Indian Classical Music. For details kindly check the link for Dilli Gharana
“However,” in the words of the current Khalifa (head) of Dilli Gharana Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan Sahib, “It is each and everyone’s duty to contribute towards the patronage of Indian Performing Arts, for otherwise, India will lose its national identity.”
The money raised will be transferred directly by the organization Sursagar Society of Dilli Gharana into the individual bank accounts of artist families.
- The amount raised will be supporting 100 families of performing arts communities from Delhi, West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra and others with a monthly assistance of Rs 5,000 for 4 months starting June 2020.
- The amount will be able to cover the cost of essentials including food, medicines, hygiene products and restoration of homes for the affected families.
Utilization of funds
- Each family will receive a total INR 20,000 for 4 months from June to
- All contributions to this campaign are exempt under Section 80-G of the Income Tax Act of India. Tax exemption certificates shall be sent via email to all donors.
- The details of all the beneficiaries will be shared with donors.