The Story

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Kaavya is a 10-year-old girl from Texas who loves Harry Potter, puzzles, musical theatre, GIlmore Girls, and robotics.

 

She also is about to embark on the most important moment of her life up until now: her arangetram. (Translation: ascending the stage).  This 2-hour solo dance debut showcases a mastery in Bharatanatyam, the oldest form of Indian classical dance which originated over 2,000 years ago.  

The pressures for any young person who prepares for this performance are extraordinary, but Kaavya's situation is unique.  She not only is one of the youngest students to have an arangetram, but she is trained by her very own mother, a professional dancer and respected guru with a formidable 

reputation of her own to uphold.

Each gesture in Bharatanatyam holds a distinct meaning that when woven together, tell ancient stories from Hindu mythology.  Kaavya continues the tradition of telling these stories through choreography that has been passed down to her over many generations.  And, in spite of a global pandemic disrupting her performance, emotional breakdowns in rehearsal, and dealing with the disappointment of not having her grandparents visit for her big day, Kaavya impressively adapts to the new circumstances and carries on to claim a dance form that has survived millennia.

Promotional Trailer

 
 
 
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We're asking for your generous support to complete the
post-production and distribution of the film. 

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Your contribution directly funds:

-Film Editing

-Sound design and audio mixing

-Color grading

-Film festival submission fees

-Costs for bringing the film to schools to teach about Indian classical dance

Total expenses:  $10,000.

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Filming began in December 2019 with plans to wrap in May 2020.  But, a global pandemic upended things and both the arangetram and documentary had to be postponed.

A year later, filming resumed and completed in a different reality.

 

We are now raising post-production funds to edit the full-length documentary, "Kaavya", which wrapped filming on May 29, 2021..

When you make a tax-deductible donation to support this documentary, we will graciously thank you by having your name appear in the credits of the film.  Your generosity and interest in this project is sincerely appreciated.

*The premiere public film screening was held at Asia Society Texas (Houston) on December 21, 2021.

 

Contact us

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If you have questions about this project or would like more information,

please feel free to reach out.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Gordon Education Initiatives for the Performing Arts

3400 Main Street, Suite #2

Houston, TX 77002

dan@gordoneducation.org

713 906-3638

Featuring:

Kaavya Rajarathnam

Lavanya Rajagopalan

and many friends and family in the dance community.

Creators of the Promotional Trailer:

Director - Dan Gordon
Editor - Anisha Acharya

©2021 Gordon Education Initiatives for the Performing Arts

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