Since starting our work in 2015, The Leela Foundation has had a transformative impact on artists, students, audiences and communities worldwide. 


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The Leela Foundation was established in 2016 with the purpose of providing direct support to artists and educators in Indian classical arts. In December 2020, we presented our inaugural artist awards using Endowment funds.At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has created a crisis for those who make their living through the arts, it was especially meaningful to be able to present these awards to three of India’s finest classical musicians.

Debashis Sarkar (posthumously)

Jayanta Banerjee

Ben Kunin

Meet Our Artists

The artists we work with are leading the way for Indian classical dance and music. Their ingenuity and creativity inspires audiences and students alike around the globe. What’s more is that their stories provide us all with profound insight into the artistic journey. 

Meet Seibi Lee, kathak artist,  teacher and senior disciple of the legendary Pt. Chitresh Das

Meet Satyaprakash Mishra, tabla artist and disciple of Benaras Gharana’s Pt. Kalinath Mishra

Meet Ben Kunin, sarod artist and senior disciple of the illustrious  maestro, Ud. Ali Akbar Khan

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