Sponsor annual costs for a child learning Kathak Dance as a development tool for underprivileged children, INR 5000



Salaam Bombay Foundation, believes that children grow as their horizons grow. Started in 2002, the objective is to empower children to overcome the obstacles of the environment they live in, and guard the next generation against tobacco. Children can make right choices if they are given access to the right information and the life skill tools to deal with adverse situations. Salaam Bombay, seeks to increase their self-esteem, build their self-confidence, develop their vocational life-skills through our Arts, Sports and Media academies and create positive role models through their tobacco awareness and advocacy programmes. SBF believes in the potential of Arts as an innovative educational/training tool to inculcate team work, discipline, respect and the skills required in coping with the day-to-day issues, for ensuring that the children develop into well rounded personalities and are able to meet the challenges they face and take leadership roles within their communities. This Academy contributes to the growth of the child to become a confident adult, free from the threat of tobacco. Also this programme helps children to vocationally broaden their horizons with technical training in Kathak.

  How It Works

  • The Kathak Academy was established by in 2009 under the guidance of eminent Kathak exponent Smt. Anjali Gupta.
  • Presently, 115 children from two BMC-run schools are being trained in Kathak.
  • These children are given opportunities to showcase their dancing talents through participation in various competitions and at events organized on acclaimed platforms.
  • The training is given for 3 years by an expert trainer. • Currently there are 4 batches in 2 schools, undergoing 1st year training and 2 batches being trained in 2nd year.
  • This training is held in school itself, twice a week. Each class lasts for an hour and a half.
  • Classes are held from Aug to Feb i.e. for 7 months.
  • Teacher student ratio is 1:15 and the average batch size is 30 students.
  • The Salaam Bombay facilitator is always present in this training arranging classes and coordinating with the trainer and school.

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Fee Paid to dance academy for 7 months 4600.00
Admin and monitoring costs 400.00
Unit Price 5000
Total 5000
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Unlocking The Potential of Underprivileged Children Through Innovative Techniques
Priyanka is 16 years old. Her parents and five siblings live in the slums of Kala Chowki, Abhyudaya Nagar in Mumbai. The seven members of her family crowd a small ten-foot square space. Her father works as a delivery man for a pharmacy. Her mother works at home. Their combined household income for seven people is Rs.10000 about ($154).
She is the lead and principal dancer in most performances. She has developed strong leadership skills and impressive interpersonal qualities. It is Priyanka who trains new recruits to the Academy. It is she who instructs young dancers in the basic steps of Kathak. Priyanka is so famous now for her talent that she is called upon by the local dancers to choreograph their dance numbers. Her choreography has won her fame and her dances are much appreciated well beyond in the slum neighborhood of her childhood. Priyanka has many public performances to her credit - Kalaghoda Festival, Priyadarshini Park, the biggest Diwali party in Mumbai, the WE concert and many more important events. Priyanka is grace personified.
When introduced to Salaam Bombay in 2012, Priyanka did not know Kathak existed as a dance form. Classical dance was new to her. In no time at all, dance became her passion. From the start Priyanka demonstrated natural talent, as if she were born to embody the dance form.

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