Association of Performing Arts of India
For Immediate Release
MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
Gift Establishes Association of Performing Arts of India Legacy Fund at FAU
BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 7, 2018) - The Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI)
recently made a contribution to Florida Atlantic University's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters to create the Association of Performing Arts of India Legacy Fund. The endowed fund will be used to promote and showcase the music and dance of India.
APAI http://www.apaiart.com was founded in 1998 by Dr. Deenbandhu and Bharti Chokshi, along with friends, to preserve and promote India's classical music and dance, and to educate people of all ages in South Florida, including young people of Indian descent, about Indian traditional arts and culture as a living heritage for all. The fund at FAU was established to continue this important work through student academic and community programs in perpetuity.
"We are delighted and honored to be chosen to steward this important work of preserving and promoting India's rich music and dance tradition here in South Florida," said Michael J. Horswell, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Letters. "This effort fits perfectly into our University's mission to be a hub for the diverse cultures and arts of the world that make our community such a vibrant and exciting place to live and study. I thank the Chokshis for their leadership over the years and for entrusting us with their organization's legacy."
APAI chose FAU because of a long working relationship with James Cunningham, Ph.D., associate professor of music and ethnomusicologist, and Clarence Brooks, associate professor and director of dance, and APIA Advisory Board Member.
"Since I met Dr. Deenbandhu and Bharti Chokshi in 2005, I have shared their dream of including Hindustani and Carnatik traditions from India into the curriculum of the Department of Music," said Cunningham. "That dream has at last come to fruition."
Over the past decade, APAI has supported numerous guest speakers in classical Indian dance and sponsored three courses in Bharatanatyam in the dance program. In the future, Brooks will offer dance classes in bharatanatyam and other classical dance forms of India taught by experts in these genres.
"I am very pleased that future students will have the opportunity to study the classical dance forms of India," said Brooks. For information about contributing to the APAI Legacy Fund at FAU, visit fauf.fau.edu/PerformingArtsofIndia
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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU's world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU's existing strengths in research and scholarship.
From L: Michael J. Horswell, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Dr. Deenbandhu and Bharti Chokshi, Laurie Carney