Circle of Friends

Started in 2014, The Circle of Friends is a group of individuals and institutions who have each pledged to financially support Chhandayan annually for at least five years. Funding from the Circle has allowed Chhandayan to expand its outreach starting from our main headquarters. You may have heard about our wonderful Chhandayan Center for Indian Music in midtown Manhattan, situated between Grand Central Station and Times Square. Here we are offering classes on different types of Indian music and dance throughout the week and throughout the year. These classes are taught by some of the most accomplished musicians living in the vicinity of New York City. Our regular classes are periodically supplemented by visiting faculty from India. 

One of the key attractions to the Chhandayan Center is our very successful Chhandayan Saturday Concert Series, held almost every Saturday throughout the year. Our annual All-Night Concert held every year on the second Saturday of May featuring some of the greatest contemporary maestros of Indian classical music has grown to be a global event over the years attended by over 800 people coming from different continents.

Beyond our activities in New York we also run successful chapters in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and abroad in Toronto, Canada and Afghanistan. In all of our locations in the United States we offer regular classes and concerts. In Toronto we are currently offering only the annual All-night concert held in the heart of the city in every Fall. In Afghanistan we are working together with the ministries of education, higher education and culture helping them to revive their musical heritage.

In order to continue with our services, we earnestly solicit your support. Chhandayan Center is a gift we have earned through several years of genuine hard work, vision and integrity. Its existence and continuity of services toward the benefit of the society are not to be taken for granted. We have very little support from the government. Hence it is largely dependent on the society. We consider you not only one of the finest members of the society, but also as one of the very few who has the ability to properly evaluate the significance of such a center of Indian music in the heart of New York city, the center of the earth. 

We have been a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) and charitable organization since the inception. We have a highly efficient administration, always welcoming new ideas and suggestions. We have a Friends of Chhandayan committee, expanding and refining our program capacities, and preparing for reaching out to the widest possible audience. 

We are very pleased to invite you to join our Circle of Friends in any capacity that befits your status and interest. It will be an honor for us to have you on board. Please see our Mission and Vision Statements as well as the list of activities, in which we engage to fulfill our mission and goals.

We hope you accept our invitation. Your contribution will be accounted in the history of Indian music in North America and rest of the world.

Samir Chatterjee
President, Chhandayan

To join the Circle of Friends, use one of the buttons below to use Paypal

or  mail checks to

ATTN:  Circle of Friends
4 W 43rd St,
New York,
NY 10036, USA   

Feel free to contact us with any questions about the Circle of Friends by contacting us.


$2500 and above

Chandrakant Rao & Vijaya Chandrakant
Samir Chatterjee


$1500 to $2499

James & Debra Baker
Karthik & Sudarshana Lakshminarayan
Sameer & Sarita Seth
Kedar Naphade
Tej Phatak
The New York Community Trust
Magdalena Naylor


$1000 to $1499

Amitabha Bose
Antara Dutta
Rajendra & Manjula Bansal
Samir Bose
Vijay Vad
Vinod Motwani


$500 to $999

Renu Nahata
GaiaLights Inc.
Asish and Nidrita Sinha