One wistful evening in 2001, four friends got together over samosa and chai and reminisced about the arts that they had grown up with back home in India. The notes of the sitar, the tinkling of ghungroos, the strains of the morning aalap, and lines of a hindi play. And somewhere they found the strength and determination to start a group that supports dreamers that practice these arts and want to make them real for the people of Seattle. And Pratidhwani was born. On May 5, 2003, Pratidhwani was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in Washington state with the goal of helping fellow immigrants from South Asia a supportive platform to practice their arts.
What We Do
Promote over 100 local artists annually
We promote 130-150 local artists annually.
We have done early readings and performed world premieres of plays by South Asian Playwrights like Toniya Hossain & Tulika Kumar.
We regularly host Indian classical performers like vocalist Srivani Jade and sarod maestro Brandon Mcintosh.
Along with our flagship dance and music shows, we also host events for duelling poets.
Seek out talent in the local community & provide them with a platform to perform
We conduct local talent search contests regulary to discover artists in local community.
H.A.I.DUM is our program to seek out dancers, script writers for our dance shows.
Meri Awaaz Suno is our program to seek out singers.
We conduct many different workshops run from professionals from Seattle and visiting artists.
Support community organizations raise funds and awareness about South Asian Arts
Pratidhwani has performed at the ACT gala Fund Raiser for Ramayana as well as at the fund raiser for the Tateuchi Foundation.
We have also performed at the SAM remix.
Sankara Eye Foundation
Fund other organizations
We annually target to donate about $5000 to other Arts and Humanitarian organizations
Arts organizations representing immigrant minorities
From Within Academy
Infinity Box Theatre Project
New Century Theatre
Seattle Public Theatre
Sound Theatre Company