Students join hands for service through music

web17SAN JOSE, CA: Youth Service through Cultural Arts was founded by four musically inclined high school students Ashwin Srikant, Divya Moan, Gopal Ravindhran and Vignesh Thyagarajan in July 2012 in Bay area. They share a passion for Indian Classical music and have join hands to serve the community using cultural arts. YSTCA plans to raise funds for deserving organizations by arranging music/dance events. Their inaugural event was held on December 8 in Chapel auditorium, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.
The event featured over 150 students from 15 music schools all over Bay area and was attended by parents, relatives and friends of the participants taking the attendance to about 600. Participants from Sarada Bhajan Madali, Bhairavi Music Academy, Sri Paduka Academy, Sangithalaya School of Music, Students of Akila Iyer, Nadalahari School of music, Nrithyollasa Dance Academy, Mahatee Music Academy, Sruthi Swaralaya, Sathguru Vidyalaya, Nadhopaasana, Rajguru Sangeet Vidyaniketan, Nadanidhi and Sankalpa Sank Foundation enthralled the audience with their spectacular vocal, instrumental and dance performances. The concluding performance was by the founders of YSTCA.
YSTCA was raising funds for the music programs offered by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. They chose the organization as the Dominican Sisters are involved in tutoring music for about 1700 students through six schools in Bay area, out of which three schools are dedicated to students from low-income group. YSTCA was able to raise $8050 for the noble cause.
Vice-Mayor of Fremont Anu Natarajan graced the occasion and spoke at length about the involvement of High school students in the charity organization. YSTCA founders thanked the volunteers and parents who worked relentlessly for the cause and hoped to continue with good work in the future through music.

Vidya Sethuraman
India Post News Service

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