Avayava - Contemporary Dance Festival in Pune, India

Avayava - Contemporary Dance Festival organized in Pune, India to promote contemporary dance and make it more accessible to an audience in India.
Swapnil Dagliya
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First ever crowdfunding campaign for a dance festival in India. 

Our Story - What is the festival about? 

Avayava - essentially means a constituent part of the body, a time-span or a duration in Sanskrit. All of these terms are very relavent to dance and that was the idea behind naming the festival.

Avayava is a contemporary dance festival organised in the city of Pune, India by Swapnil Dagliya in association with Swapnil's Performing Arts & Contemporary Ensemble ( SPACE). 

With this festival we are trying to make contemporary dance more accessible to the audience in my city -- Pune and on a larger scale in India.

  • Getting International Artists to teach workshops in Contemporary Dance Technique, Contact Improvisation and Contemporary Dance Theatre we are able to share the knowledge that the amazing teachers have with the performing artists in the city.
  • Screening dance for camera productions from around the world helps bring the artists in the city up to speed with the happenings in the dance world. They are exposed to the up and coming trends in contemporary dance helping them get a more global understanding of dance in general.
  • The festival concludes with a night of performances where the audience gets to witness new and innovative ideas presented to them through the medium of movement and dance. We make it a point that up and coming artists are given a chance to perform on stage with good lighting design, sound engineering, making use of creative props and technology.

We think that art is very essential for a person's growth and education but somehow it is a seen as a luxury in developing countries.

This festival is our sincere effort to spread some joy into the lives of people and make it easily accessible to them. 

Where do you come in? 

With this festival we know that we will be able to generate an awareness about the importance of arts in the audience and it will serve as a platform to inspire young artists to come forward and take it up professionally.

We hope that you can see why this is so important and that you can contribute in whichever way you can -- small or big to help make this dream a reality.

All your contributions go towards :

  • Paying the artists invovled in the project
  • Theatre & Studio Rentals
  • Lighting Design 
  • Costumes
  • Props & Scenery
  • Advertising 
  • Making dreams come true

What do you get? 

We have some interesting list of goodies on offer for all your contributions that include private Bollywood Classes with Swapnil Dagliya, VIP tickets to watch the performances, personally signed copies of the book of 'Shakuntala' - our latest production and much more. 

We had an interesting line-up of artists in 2012. You can watch the following video and get a glimpse of how the festival was organised. 

 Avayava 2012

For more information and regular updates about the festival you can click on the following link:

Avayava on Facebook

Please know that all this is only possible with your love and we thank you already for your support in spreading the joy of dance in the lives of people in India.

Other ways you can help

The best other way you can help, after you donate of course, is to spread the word!!!  Tell your friends about Avayava, and ask if they would like to help spread art and contemporary dance and make it more easily accessible to people in India. They could be contributing to the next big festival in India because it will only go on to become bigger from here!  You can easily "share" that you donated by using the tools on this site.  Post the link on your Facebook page!  Put it on your friends' walls!  Send a Tweet!  And remember the power of positive thinking!  Come be a part of AVAYAVA 2013 and visualize how you have helped all the artists and students learn and grow, as dancers and as beautiful human beings.  

AVAYAVA 2013 is scheduled from the 27th to the 31st of March. 



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  • $1USD

    A sincere thank you and warm wishes from me and my team from the bottom of our heart!

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  • $10USD

    All of the above plus a personal thank you on the Facebook Page of Avayava!

    6 claimed
  • $25USD

    All of the above plus a limited edition AVAYAVA postcard signed by the choreographers. (Only in India) For people outside India - the above will be sent to you by email thanking you warmly for all the support !

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $40USD
    Season Pass

    For a limited period you can get a seasons pass to the workshops @avayava 2013. Workshops that include- Contemporary Jazz Technique + Performance with Esteban Olives; Floor work and Improvisation with Michel Casanovas; Contemporary Dance Theatre with Diniz Sanchez and a contact improvisation jam with Irene Sposetti and Johan Nilsson from Being Motion.

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $50USD

    All of the above plus a full size poster of our new production ' Shakuntala ' designed by Omkar Chitnis & signed by the cast.

    4 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $100USD

    All of the above plus a private class in Bollywood Dance by Swapnil Dagliya (In India or when he visits your country)

    3 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $200USD

    All of the above plus two VIP tickets to watch the performances on the final day and a book of the story of ' Shakuntala' signed by the cast. (Only in India)

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    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $500USD

    All of the above plus a limited edition copy of our latest contemporary dance theatre production ' Shakuntala ' along with additional segments from past performances.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $2,000USD

    You will be credited as " The Executive Producer " for AVAYAVA 2013.

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