We celebrate cultural diversity and social harmony in the community through the joyful medium of dance, performing arts, and related South Asian cultural traditions.
We are a 501c3 non-profit, led by a group of fearless leaders:
President: Divya Maiya
Vice President: Jinal Vakil
Treasurer: Darshan Maiya
Secretary: Srivani Harish
Members At Large:
We were founded as Bollywood Dance Scene by three dynamic dancers who began teaching weekly classes at Tapestry Folkdance Center.
As the class grew in popularity, we began performing as a small group at various community events.
Our membership exploded in size and we produced a 50+ member cast show called Hi! Hello! Namaste? It was the first Bollywood dance drama ever performed at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and became the highest selling show of the festival.
With a 70+ member cast, we produced Spicy Masala Chai for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Not only was it the highest selling show of the 2015 festival, but it was also the highest selling show in the history of the Minnesota Fringe Festival!
With a 90+ member cast, we produced Bezubaan: The Voiceless for the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
We decided to create our own Bollywood performing arts festival called MinneUtsav. Not only did it feature another original Bollywood dance drama called Love You Zindagi with a huge cast, but it also featured a fashion show, an improv comedy show called BollyProv, and workshops for children. One of our goals for the festival was to raise awareness about important social issues!
Once again we hosted MinneUtsav which featured another original Bollywood dance drama called The Land of Maaya, along with the improv comedy show called BollyProv, and more workshops for adults and children.
We decided to change our name from Bollywood Dance Scene to SAATH, the South Asian Arts & Theater House. (Because we do a lot more than just Bollywood dance!)