thinkIndia Foundation emerged from a passion for the arts and faith in its power to unite communities, a belief in service to the community, and a commitment to put all off it into practice for charitable giving.
And we came up with an exciting vehicle to execute those ideas – staging Broadway-style theatrical productions in major theaters in the DFW metroplex. Proceeds from these efforts, as well as those from other community projects were used to support the charitable causes we identified.
Community involvement has been a key approach to our strategy. The foundation’s activities provide an excellent opportunity for local talent to come together. By framing their efforts in the larger context of giving back to the community, participants feel more involved and passionate. This results in an infectious enthusiasm that brings more and more volunteers together in supporting a common passion and cause. By actively involving participants of all ages, children in the community are also involved. Our productions have involved 150 to 250 people (onstage and backstage) – in a few of them, as many as 200 people performed!
In 2017, we collaborated with a mainstream theatre organization, Mainstage Irving Las Colinas, the resident company of the City of Irving (link), and agreed to produce a show every year, as the first show of their season – this resulted in the production Rang De – Color Me India! in 2017, and The Red Pashmina in 2018 that attracted audiences of almost 1800 people from the community. We are kicking off the 2019-2020 season with an original Broadway-style musical production – The Royal Dilemma.
The thinkIndia – Mainstage collaboration was awarded an innovation grant of $ 10,000 by the Irving Arts Board in 2018. thinkIndia was also awarded an independent grant of $ 5,000 to work with the Irving Arts Museum on a project called Art Comes Alive!
Since its inception, the foundation has donated over $ 300,000 to various charitable projects in the US and in India.