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EKATVA @ Glenbard East High School
Saturday, May 12, 2012; ends at 9:00 PM (PDT)
*Please Note: Doors open at 5pm, with a special exhibition taking place until 6:30pm. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
We are delighted and honored to invite you to the powerful and inspiring EKATVA show here in the Chicago suburbs. Please contact any of the show organizers below to purchase tickets:
- Ratna Patel: (630) 707-5095
- Neha Joshi: (630) 213-6151
- Kamlesh Patel: (630) 886-3853
"Ekatva" is a Sanskrit word for "oneness" or "unity." In partnership with leading Indian performing arts school Darpana Dance Academy, EKATVA has been an inspiring journey of 16 children from the slums who present a 90-minute dance drama about Mahatma Gandhi's ideals of strength, peace and of course, oneness.
EKATVA is an energizing humanitarian performance by an inspiring Indian NGO called Manav Sadhna, a partner organization of the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India, which serves thousands of families in Ahmedabad's slums.
Having performed more than a dozen shows throughout India to over-capacity audiences, EKATVA is now embarking on an exciting tour through the US.
The concept and choreography of EKAVTA is based on a similar tour conducted over 10 years ago, called EKTA (Sanskrit for “Unity”). In 2000, Manav Sadhna trained 14 slum children in partnership with Darpana Academy, to develop a theatrical/dance drama show that toured across the USA. Half of those children are now teachers at Manav Sadhna. Ten years later, over 250 children were auditioned at Manav Sadhna: 8 boys and 8 girls were finally selected to form EKATVA.
“EKATVA represents the power of art and music to transform the lives of children everywhere. For each of the children involved with EKATVA, art and music have provided a means and a path to build self-confidence, self-reliance, and compassion…all central to the spirit and message of Mahatma Gandhi,” says Robin Sukhadia, Project Ahimsa International Grants Program Director.
As with any tour, there are many costs that go into the creation and execution of the 2012 Oneness Tour. Proceeds from our tickets will serve as a valuable donation towards the following expenses:
- Child Development: health, nutrition, local daily transportation, activities, materials
- Creative Production Development: direction, choreography, music, costumes, props
- Administrative: passports, visas, legal, insurance, etc.
- Logistics: flights, domestic transportation, food, venues, marketing
When & Where
Manav Sadhna is engaged in constructive humanitarian projects that touch the lives of over 8000 people in slum communities surrounding the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. Our 40 health, hygiene, nutrition, values-based education and empowerment work is empowered by a deeply spiritual approach to service.
"Manav" means "person" in Hindi and "Sadhna" is "spiritual practice." At Manav Sadhna, we strive to see and serve God (or a higher power by any name) in the heart of each person we meet. Our philosophy is to "love all, serve" all and we are deeply inspired to serve by Mahatma Gandhi's values of truth, peace and compassion.