Samskriti is a Sanskrit word meaning cultural tradition.
Samskriti was established in 1994 with the vision of becoming an efficient cultural conduit between the East and the West, by bringing the best of Indian fine arts from around the world to Houston audiences, and by promoting cross-cultural programs involving Indian and American artists from different ethnic backgrounds. In its eighteen years of operation so far, Samskriti has more than amply fulfilled it mission.
Samskriti has thus far presented numerous major shows from different parts of the world, has commissioned and produced many of its own shows, and, in addition, as part of its educational outreach program, has organized seminars and workshops in traditional Indian classical and contemporary art forms by eminent scholars and artists from India, Canada, UK and the US. Samskriti is also a regular annual presenter of unique multimedia programs at the Miller Outdoor Theater, with free admission to the public.
Samskriti’s greatest achievements to date are the two historical three-day International Conferences in Dance it presented in Houston, the first of their kind in North America, celebrating Indian Dance in the Diaspora: Traditions & Innovations (2001), and Kuchipudi Dance in North America (2003), the latter funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This was a major effort on Samskriti’s part to reach a broader segment of the community at large, not merely in Houston, but all over the country, and this was achieved by inviting scholars, dance historians, choreographers and performers from India, Canada, UK and the US, and publicizing the event to arts communities all over the world.
Samskriti believes that art has no geographical, linguistic, social or religious barriers, and has proved this by producing collaborative programs with dancers and musicians from Europe, Africa, Mexico, South America, Pakistan and the Middle East.
Today, thanks to a dedicated Board, a visionary Artistic Director, and an excellent team of art-loving volunteers, Samskriti enjoys an excellent reputation as a leading multicultural arts organization that brings world class artists and arts events to Houston, and firmly abides by Agnes de Mille’s philosophy, that “Everything passes; Art alone, enduring, stays to us”.