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Highlights from Archana
What is Archana?
Riot of Colors
Archana - a celebration of Indian culture - is IFA's annual fundraiser held in the spring of each year. It is an excellent opportunity for people in the community to experience the colors, the costumes, the songs and dances of India, and all of that for a cause that transcends us all.
The funds that are raised are used to empower the poor people in India to fight corruption, improve governance, obtain employment and healthcare, protect the environment and more.
Weaving the Indian story
Archana features a cast of more than 100 local children and adults. Showcasing India's cultural richness and diversity, the program also aims to build social consciousness by using a variety of audio visual resources. Archana Programs are envisioned to reflect Indian culture/traditions in a manner that relates to IFA's overall mission.
Essence of community
It is a collective effort of hundreds of community volunteers. Other than the hall and food, most everything else is donated by members or supporters. All performers, artists, & others offer their services free of charge. Many make additional contributions in cash, kind and labor.
Philosophy behind the performances
The program is also not about show casing or advertising talents, even though we frequently have performers of exceptional quality. Instead, it is about the desire to work collectively for a cause that transcends individual recognition. It is also about ordinary people working hard to create something that is beautiful and unique.
New resources, talents and suggestions are always welcome!
"We must give time to our fellow men, even it is a little thing, do something for others, something for which we get no pay but the privilege of doing it"
- Albert Schweitzer