Samskriti, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘cultural tradition’, was established in 1994 with the vision of becoming an efficient cultural conduit between the East and the West, by bringing the best of Indian performing arts from around the world to Houston audiences, and by promoting cross-cultural programs involving Indian and American artists from different ethnic backgrounds. In its twenty-three years of operation, Samskriti has earned a high reputation as an arts organization specializing in programs that are both unique in content and outstanding in artistic merit. To Samskriti, preserving the rich traditional arts of India in Houston is a responsibility that it has taken on with great joy, and it hopes to continue doing so for many years to come. Agnes deMille was absolutely right - “to understand a nation, listen to its songs, look at its dances”.
Samskriti, as our organization is popularly known, in North America as well as in other countries, believes in presenting programs of exceptional quality, whether they be dance, music or theater. "Don Quixote" by Sahradaya Foundation (India), "The Durga Project" (Battery Dance Company, NY), "The Living Tree" (Cleveland Cultural Alliance), "Go to your room, Mother!" (EnActe Arts, California), "Krishna: Love Re-invented" (Sutra Dance Foundation, Malaysia), are only a few samples of the diverse artistic fare we offer to Houston audiences. In addition, we also present "Incredible India" and "Bollywood Blast" at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Our Board is governed by a dedicated group of volunteers deeply interested in preserving, propagating and promoting the arts. We agree with Agnes de Mille that "everything passes; art alone, enduring, stays to us".