Founded in 2012, Nootana is a 100-percent volunteer run performing arts ensemble committed to fostering innovation within the Indian classical arts. We perform modern representations of Indian classical music and dance by integrating music, dance, stories, and styles from around the world. Sanskrit for “innovation,” Nootana plays a crucial role in influencing the arts space in the D.C. area by increasing the exposure of South Asian culture to residents. Our mission is to build a cultural exchange in the D.C. metropolitan area through performance, education, and outreach. With more than 50 professionals, students, and friends that help run the administrative, performance, and outreach efforts of the organization, Nootana is able to foster a community of artists.
Our performance ensemble is comprised of dancers and musicians from the DMV, who hail from all over the nation and the world, and may carry with them roots in South Asia, or intertwine their worldly roots with ours through practices, shows, and performances. We encourage anyone with a passion to learn about Indian culture and a willingness to explore the artistic ties between world cultures to join us. If you are interested in adding your talents to the Nootana family, contact us for an audition. We host auditions on a rolling basis.