04 February 2015

Seeking Support for Ranan's TEN

Ranan turned ten in June 2014.

On 7 and 8 February 2015 at Gyan Manch Calcutta, we step into our next decade with a unique evening of performances – TEN
ten directors (4 Ranan associates and 6 from within the Ranan repertory) respond to the number 10 and create ten short pieces with music, movement, text and design.
An evening responding to one impulse through ten narratives; ten connections woven into one experience that we hope you will be there to share. 

It’s been ten years of creative discovery, delight and disappointment.
Ten years
-       a company taking shape
-       finding and fighting for its beliefs and values
-       forming a dedicated band of people who dream the dreams of Ranan
Ten years
-       creating 14 productions spanning dance, dance-theatre and dance-film
-       offering disciplined and fun-filled Kathak training
-       imagining and developing a diverse group of performers and coalescing into a repertory
Ten years
-       active engagements with old and new audiences and communities
-       artistic collaborations, both Indian and international
-       building relationships to take into the future
Ten years to celebrate …
but also ten years of living precariously on the edge
Ten years
-       struggling to make ends meet
-       trying to achieve a sustainability that we know we deserve
-       imagining a future where we thrive rather than survive

As we mark this milestone, we also hope to enter a new way of being. For this we turn to you with a challenge we have set ourselves: to move away from our dependence on the unpredictable and often hierarchical world of government and corporate funding, and produce this fresh new endeavour with the involvement of people like you (people like us), who believe that the arts have a vital role to play in imagining and creating a world we wish to inhabit.

Any contribution from INR 500/- onwards would be most welcome. All contributions will be acknowledged on our Facebook pages and blog, as well as at the venue of performance. If you would rather remain anonymous, please tell us so. Two complimentary tickets for either of the performances will be reserved for you. Ranan is also tax-exempt under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, and we will be able to provide you with a certificate should you require.

How can you contribute?
-      Sending an INR cheque in the name of RANAN to AA17, Sector I, Salt Lake, Calcutta 700064
-       Bank transfer in INR –
Axis Bank, Account Number: 911010001915884
IFSC Code: UTIB0000721
-       At the special counter at the venue on the performance days – please give us prior information so we can keep your complimentary tickets aside
Please email us at rananindia@gmail.com or call / sms +91-9830015510 to register your contribution.

We sincerely hope that you will respond to this appeal and validate our belief in people power, in the power of the arts, in the power of imagining a different reality.

Over the next year, Ranan plans to initiate a range of creative projects in a variety of contexts and communities –
-       to take our artistic work to the next level
-       to connect with and contribute more to the society we are a part of
-       to move closer to our dream of sustainability
We need and want people to journey with us, to partner us, to support us, to inspire and challenge us. If you would like to know more about these future projects, please let us know. We would be delighted to engage in a conversation and have you on board.

Looking into a future of promise with hope, thanks and determination,

The Ranan Core Team:
Vikram Iyengar
Debashree Bhattacharya
Amlan Chaudhuri
Jayati Chakraborty
Dana Roy


Our heartfelt thanks to those who have already contributed or promised support:

Mandeep Raikhy, Delhi
Sharmila Biswas and Odissi Vision and Movement Centre, Calcutta
Ruchira Das, Calcutta
Bishnupriya Basak, Calcutta
Shuktara Lal, Calcutta
Debu Bhattacharya, Calcutta
Sunayana Roy, Calcutta
Virkein Dhar, Delhi
Nandita Palchoudhuri, Calcutta
Sridar Iyengar, Mumbai
Rhythmosaic, Calcutta
Sipra Mukherjee, Calcutta
Sudeshna Banerjee, Calcutta
Juee Deogaokar, Pune
Sameera Iyengar, Mumbai
Joyee Deb, New York
Vandana Alase Hazra, Calcutta
Partha Banerjee, Calcutta
Bhaskar Sharma, Calcutta
Santanu Mukherjee, Calcutta
Sarmistha Sarker, Calcutta
Lav Kanoi, Delhi
Oindrilla Dutt, Calcutta
Suksham Singh, Calcutta
Usha and Purushottam Bhatia, Mumbai
Rita Banerjee, Calcutta
Arindam Roy, Calcutta
Kunal Roy, Calcutta
Prita Bhattacharya, Calcutta
Alokananda Mukherjee, Calcutta

and our other friends who wish to remain anonymous.