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About Us

Aadyantara started its activities in April 2007. It was conceptualized with the objective of promotion of performing, literary and visual arts of India. Besides working directly with artists, we foster mutual co-operation, and common action among various individuals, groups and organizations engaged in promotion of Indian art and culture in the country. Aadyantara is instrumental in organizing performances, workshops, seminars etc related to the Indian arts. An important aspect is also to establish cooperation and linkages with other networks, forums and associations. We have organized dance recitals and seminars featuring some of the prominent artists of the field. These productions have found appreciation from audiences and experts, both in India and abroad.

At Aadyantara, our endevour is to provide a platform for creative collisions between different art forms, its artists and audiences; and thereby catalyze cultural, aesthetic and social symbiosis. Looking ahead, it aims to find a larger audience among the youth for showcasing the art forms, both traditional and contemporary, to make it more relevant in the present context.

Our Philosophy

Aadyantara is unison of two Sanskrit words, “Aadya” and “Antara”. "Adya" means the nucleus or primal power from which all five senses and all five elements originate. It’s a name for Goddess Durga, who is the power from which the entire universe has emanated. “Antara” means within. Together, Aadyantara means the original power within (us). It is the source of all creations.

We all harbor this power within us, irrespective of gender, socio-economic status, educational and cultural backgrounds. It is this power nucleus which manifests in an artist’s creation. Expression is essential for dissemination of this power. We believe that this power has immense potential to create, both constructively and destructively. Positive self-expression, whatever the medium, is immensely cathartic, meditative, and therapeutic. Art is a medium of this expression.