Weaving a fabric of arts


About Leela Foundation

Our Vision

To explore the truth and beauty in all art forms and celebrate their unity of spirit.

Our Mission

  • To link the community and the arts through performance, education, and outreach.

  • To create a space where artistic expression through dance, music, visual arts, and the written word is celebrated.

  • To educate, enthrall, and enliven.


Our approach


Growing Leela Dance Company from a semi-professional company to a professional company. To create high-quality work of arts, rooted in tradition while highlighting social issues across cultures. Host artistic residencies to develop new works. Create an
environment where dance and allied arts co-exist.


Encourage research to preserve Indian classical dance. Communicate the legacy of dance, through a Lecture Series initiative that will put the spotlight on Dance History and Philosophy.


Participate in local community events. Conduct workshops at schools, colleges, and community events. Highlight the enormous benefits of dance for physical and mental well-being.


Upcoming events

  • IMPORTANT UPDATE! Bharata Natyam Performance by Shweta Prachande
    Jun 18, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA
    "Shweta Prachande belongs to the new age of millennial dancers who are taking tradition to a world-wide audience open to diverse experiences," says the post in Indian Express.
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE! Shweta Prachande Workshop - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Level
    Jun 15, 10:00 AM – Jun 18, 12:00 PM
    In-person or Virtual depending on level
    The Classical dance of Bharata Natyam, with its vast vocabulary of movements and time-tested format gives intense scope for the dancer to delineate expressions into abstract rhythmic sequences as well as evocative narratives.

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This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org