The Leela Foundation is committed to establishing the financial infrastructure necessary for advancing kathak dance and Hindustani classical music in the United States and beyond. The Foundation aims to provide crucial financial support to those artists that embody and advance these traditions; support the training of the next generation of kathak artists; and advance excellence in our field.

The Leela Foundation is proud to announce that it reached its initial goal of raising $1 Million in September 2023. We are profoundly grateful to our incredible community of patrons and donors for helping us achieve this milestone. Read below for more information on the Foundation and its work.




Paid to Artists




Audience Members Reached


Students Served

Artist Awards

Leela Foundation is proud to have been able to support a range of kathak artists and Hindustani classical musicians through artist awards, fellowships and residencies. These artists are at the forefront of preserving and advancing some of India’s richest artistic traditions in the United States and beyond.

Jayanta Banerjee                            Madhuri Devi Singh                            
Satyaprakash Mishra                   Gretchen Hayden
Ben Kunin                                           Joanna DeSouza
Debashish Sarkar                           Jay Gandhi

Patronage Matters


While India’s classical dance and music traditions are some of the richest in the world, they remain grossly under-resourced. Without adequate institutional and financial support, these traditions are at great risk. In order to preserve and advance India’s artistic heritage, we need to build a strong and lasting financial infrastructure.



The Leela Foundation strives for transparency and accountability. The Foundation’s financial practices and policies ensure that funds contributed by donors are invested towards creating mission impact. The Foundation’s investments are managed in accordance with a solid investment policy and with the aim of simultaneously serving the current and long-term needs of the field of Indian classical dance and music.

All of the Foundation’s policies are made publicly available along with a range of financial reports including tax filings, quarterly investment performance reports, and annual reports.

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