Help us build our new studio and performance space!

About the Project

Silambam Houston, a pioneer in promoting Indian classical arts in the greater Houston area has launched its first-ever capital campaign – to fund the building of a studio and performance venue serving the South Houston/Pearland/Friendswood/Clearlake area!  This venue will house the activities of the

  • Silambam Houston Arts Academy - focused on providing quality, affordable, Indian classical arts education and outreach
  • Silambam Houston Dance Company - which uses classical Indian dance vocabulary to interpret and communicate themes of contemporary relevance.

Founded in 2002 by Dr. Lavanya Rajagopalan, Silambam Houston, a 501 (c) non-profit arts organization aims to demystify Indian Classical Arts through comprehensive arts education and exceptional arts programming.  The organization’s mission is to promote the performing arts, further artistic education in an affordable manner, and promote young talent in the arts. The Arts Academy wing hosts regular classes, workshops, and outreach activities, while the Dance Company wing creates original and innovative artistic productions aimed at creating a lasting cultural bridge.   

In the last two years, Silambam Houston has experienced huge growth, fueled by its unique artistic vision and its reputation for high standards. The dance company and arts academy currently rent studio space for classes and rehearsals. 
With the unprecedented growth, space has become an issue; faculty members currently face the challenge of teaching three to four separate classes in a single studio space, divided partially by a movable partition.    

In its sixteenth year of operation, Silambam Houston has exciting plans to construct a new studio and performance space! The new facility will accommodate up to seven classes and rehearsals at a time, allowing us to continue our growth trajectory and offer classes in more Indian classical arts disciplines, in addition to providing much needed storage space for props, costumes, and teaching materials. The facility is being designed innovatively, and will easily convert to a black-box style performance space, that will seat 100 to 125 on tiered seating – a venue that will be a wonderful addition to the South Houston/Pearland/Friendswood/Clearlake area.  


Your donation will help us make this project a reality!

(helpful tip: Donations under $500 are fully tax-deductible. For higher donation amounts, if you wish your entire donation to be tax-deductible, you can choose to waive the valued benefit (complimentary tickets) associated with your donation level - just check the 'No reward, thanks' option! You will still be acknowledged as a donor on our website, in printed materials, and on the Wall of Fame in the new facility, as applicable.



Matching Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support!

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  • Donate $1 or more

    A big Silambam-style Thank You!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $50 or more

    Acknowledgment on our website as a Silambam Donor
    A big Silambam-style Thank You!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    Acknowledgment on our website and in our 2018/2019 printed publications as a Silambam Patron
    A big Silambam-style Thank You!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    Acknowledgment on our website and in our 2018/2019 printed publications as a Bronze Circle Donor
    Two (2) tickets to our next Silambam/SHDC production
    A big Silambam-style Thank You!
    Amount over $40 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    Your (or your business’) name on our Silver Donor Plaque on our Patron Wall of Fame in the lobby at our new Event Center and Studio
    Acknowledgment on our website and in ALL future printed publications as a Silver Circle Donor
    Two (2) tickets to ALL Silambam/SHDC productions for life
    A big Silambam-style Thank You!
    (10 of 10 remaining)
    Amount over $200 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $2,500 or more

    Your (or your business’) name, logo, and message on a personalized 1’ by 1’ Gold Donor square on our Patron Wall of Fame in the lobby at our new Event Center and Studio
    Acknowledgment on our website and in ALL future printed publications as a Gold Circle Donor
    Two (2) Preferred Seating tickets to ALL Silambam/SHDC productions for life
    A big Silambam-style Thank You!
    (10 of 10 remaining)
    Amount over $500 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $5,000 or more

    Your (or your business’) name, logo, and message on a personalized 2’ by 2’ Platinum Donor square on the Patron Wall of Fame in the lobby of our new Event Center and Studio
    Acknowledgment on our website and in ALL future printed publications as a Platinum Circle Donor
    Four (4) Preferred Seating tickets to ALL Silambam/SHDC productions for life
    A big Silambam-style Thank You!
    (10 of 10 remaining)
    Amount over $1,000 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $7,500 or more

    Opportunity to name a classroom or studio space in honor of yourself or a family member in the new studio
    Acknowledgment on our website and in ALL future printed publications as a Studio Patron
    Four (4) Preferred Seating tickets to ALL Silambam/SHDC productions for life
    A big Silambam-style Thank You!
    (4 of 4 remaining)
    Amount over $1,000 is tax-deductible
-$732.45 to go. Every dollar helps.
$10,732.45 of $10,000 goal ⋅ 71 days to go

Founding Sponsors


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    Mridula Mahesh
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    Rama Rajagopalan
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    Shyla Yennu
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    Krishna Rajarathnam
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    Janaki Rajagopalan
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    Harshada Bawiskar
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    Pam Bolz
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    Karen Clark
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    Matt Detrick
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    D Ingram
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    John and Kari Work
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    Stephen French
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    ShreeKrith School of Music Maha Krishnan
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    Anonymous
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    Ranjana Narasiman
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    Leenien Chan
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    Arundathi Kadur
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    Rao Garuda
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    Sunita Paliwal
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    Nirmala Jayaraman
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    Krishna Rajarathnam
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    Lavanya Rajagopalan
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    USHA SURAPANENI
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    Veer Surapaneni
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