The Leela Endowment

The Leela Endowment is a joint initiative of The Leela Institute and the Chhandam School of Kathak. Together both organizations are working to ensure a secure and vibrant future for India’s rich artistic traditions and cultural heritage. Donors have the option of contributing to the general endowment fund or establishing a named fund.

General Endowment Fund
Leela’s General Endowment Fund provides donors with the opportunity to make a gift that will leave a lasting impact while providing The Leela Institute with the critical support needed to realize its full mission potential. Leela’s General Endowment Fund provides operational support to Leela’s programs and activities on an annual basis. The fund places a special emphasis on providing direct support to artists and educators ensuring their ability to advance the field of Indian classical dance and music. Leela’s General Endowment Fund accepts gifts at all levels. To select your donor level and make a gift, click here.

Named Funds
A Leela Institute named funds provides donors with the opportunity to make gifts that have a lasting impact, while honoring or memorializing a loved one. Named funds can be established for a range purposes including artist fellowships and awards, educational programs, the creation of new artistic works, and touring programs. Named funds can be established with a minimum gift of $250,000. To establish a named fund, contact Carrie McCune, Development Associate at

Pragati: A Benefit Concert to Launch an Endowment to Support Indian Artists and Art Forms
India West

The Industry Show Season 3, Episode 7 with Rina Mehta
The Industry Show



Shaila and Dinesh Mehta
Meera and Jasvant Modi
Drs. Irma and Ushakant Thakkar
Bina and Yogesh Nivas Family
Gita and Subramaniam Janakiraman

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Uma and Avadhesh Agarwal
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Bala and Krish Krishnamurthy
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Ruchi Mathur and Mark Pimentel
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Chhandam Youth Dance Company
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