The India Music and Dance Society is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization based in the Philadelphia region and founded in 1986. Sruti’s principal mission is to promote and present Indian classical music and dance. In addition SRUTI seeks to educate the Philadelphia community at large about Indian arts.
SRUTI is a volunteer-run organization. Its leadership comprises an elected Board of Directors and several committees. SRUTI publishes an annual magazine Sruti Ranjani and a periodical, Sruti Notes.
Every year, around 10 or more world class music and dance recitals are presented during the Spring and Fall seasons by SRUTI in the Greater Philadelphia area including the City, Suburbs and the State of Delaware. SRUTI also collaborates with other presenting organizations like the Painted Bride Arts Center, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Annenberg center at University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Montgomery County Community College and other Indian cultural organizations.
SRUTI has a comprehensive website www.Sruti.org and also has a strong presence on Facebook as well as in other social media such as Twitter and Google+.
World renowned Artists who have performed for SRUTI in the past include, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Lalgudi Jayaraman, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, M Balamurali Krishna, Hariprasad Chaurasia, K.J.Jesudas, Sudha Raghunathan, Veena Sahasrabuddhe, L. Subramanian, Mandolin Srinivas and Chitravina Ravikiran. In addition we have presented several Dance Companies and individuals – Kalakshetra Dance Group, Nrityagram, Dhananjayans, Kathakali institutes - Kalamandalam, Sadanam and Margi, Alarmel Valli and Priyadarshini Govind.
SRUTI has received generous grants from private foundations and public organizations including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Dance Advance and Philadelphia Music Project (funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts) and the Sam Fels Foundation in addition to a loyal and appreciative audience.
Thyagaraja Aradhana and Sruti Day
Sruti organizes two day long annual community events: Thyagaraja Aradhana and Composers’ day (Sruti Day) to commemorate leading composers and also to showcase local artists and students.