Our vocal music students regularly perform at community events and charity shows in Dallas Ft. Worth area. They have participated in a variety of events – Artstage – an annual gathering of local artists in DFW organized by the Indian Classical Music Circle (ICMC), on the radio, at the International Hindi Association Kavi Sammelan, and at the local temples such as Radha-Krishna Temple, Shri Ram Mandir and Ganesh Temple. Periodically, they also participate in music competitions and have won awards.We have raised funds for Sewa International, Divine Spark International, and Vibha charities through participation and sponsorship.
We produced a live, public interest program called “Ripples Through Time” a history of Indian Music at the David Library in Plano in 2014 involving some of our students.
Each year, the students present a Hindustani music recital for their families and friends in a theater setting. In 2020 our recital – “Andhere Ke Us Paar” – went online for the first time in response to the Corona pandemic. In 2019, we presented a baithak-style recital – “Sammohan”, which made for a more intimate setting. In 2018 we were at the Garland Plaza Theater for “Raga Rang Chaayo”. For some years the plaza theater has been the location of choice. We have also performed at the Plano Courtyard Theater. This is one event the entire student community enjoys working for.
Several students choose to pursue Hindustani classical music certification, which signifies a serious pursuit of an extracurricular activity, and may help in college admissions. This track requires dedication and discipline both for the students and the parents. .
Our students have been selected to school and district choirs, and have performed in professional Karaoke presentations.
These activities are one way of building music into the lives of the students.