From the Guest Editor
By Ramya Rajaraman
The second wave of the raging global pandemic has been
unforgiving and a far bitter experience for many. Just merely
surviving the lockdown, the `show' less world as performing artists
has been difficult. But several artists have gone one step further
and spearheaded various initiatives that support and provide a
lending hand to those in need. From raising funds for artists from
marginalized backgrounds to spearheading discussions and
initiatives centering around Mental Health for frontline workers,
artists across the globe have been giving back to society in one way
or another. They are keeping the spirit of art alive by contributing
and streamlining efforts to ensure the show runs virtually
June also historically marks the celebration of Pride Month
globally. Though rooted in a revolution that happened in a faraway
land, the idea that each year the entire world dedicates a month to
celebrate the diversity of our identities is beautiful. The fight and
struggle for inclusivity and safe spaces within the arts ecosystem
continues to grow every day. I hope as a community; we can be
more accepting of people and their distinctiveness and not ground
ourselves to age-old societal norms
This month enlightens a path of darkness with rays of light across
the tunnel. It solidifies hove and happiness, at least in the form of a rainbow.
Ramya Rajaraman is the Founder & Director of ArtSpire.
American Ballet Theatre presents ABT PRIDE
To celebrate, support and elevate #PrideMonth, The American Ballet Theatre featured dancers from the LGBTQIA+ community who share their stories.
COVID-19 Relief Support by Artists
Fundraising by Samarpana for Arts and Well-Being
An initiative focusing on supporting and raising funds for the arts community, Samarpana for Arts and Well-Being has also now played a crucial role in providing COVID-19 relief support, through a number of fundraising initiatives developed over the past few months featuring Indian classical dancers from around the world.
From book launches to workshops and much more there are a number of ways one can contribute.
To know more about their cause and to donate, click here
Deep Listening Circle: Accessing Self-Care through Community Care
With the rise of mental health issues caused by the impact of the pandemic, Nisha Abdullah (theatre-maker & educator) and Shalini Rao (Psychotherapist & educator) felt the need to create safe spaces for people to share and converse. The intention of Deep Listening Circle is to provide the space for people to be heard through guided self-reflection. The circle that takes place every friday is a listening space for a community and not a group-therapy session.