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Advancing Indian classical arts in North America
The Aradhana Committee (a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation) conducts a number of culturally important events throughout North America and India. Our flagship event is the annual Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival - the largest and most respected Indian classical arts festival outside of India. The festival was founded in 1978 and has since been held annually. It was first held in the rented basement of a church with 40 people attending a concert featuring 3 performers. Since then, the festival has found a home at Cleveland State University and has grown to span 12 days and feature over 100 performers. Over 8,000 people attend the festival every year. During the 12-day festival, over 1,000 children participate in various competitions, workshops and group presentations. They hail from all over North America, Europe, India, the Middle-East and Australia. The Aradhana Committee is staffed entirely by volunteers - from the greater Cleveland area as well as from around the world.