50 STORIES 50 YEARS: SOUTH ASIAN PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION

South Asian Performing Arts Foundation, Tulsa  |  501(c)(3) Non-profit  |  http://www.sapaf.org/en/

South Asian Performing Arts Foundation, Tulsa  |  501(c)(3) Non-profit  |  http://www.sapaf.org/en/

Since 2006, South Asian Performing Arts Foundation (SAPAF) has been promoting awareness of the traditional classic and folk arts of the Indian subcontinent through performance art.

Combining public funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council with support from local Indian-owned businesses, SAPAF brings world-class musicians and dancers to Tulsa.

The organization describes their performances as an embodiment of all the richness of the Indian subcontinent’s history. “These traditions and art forms have withstood…time and many influences: The Persians, Romans, Arabs, Mughals, and Europeans to name a few. The artistic language of the subcontinent is thus enriched with the vitality of many styles.”

SAPAF strongly bolsters South Asian representation in Tulsa’s ever-growing arts and culture sector, and has shared that unique South Asian experience in nursing homes, schools, and libraries.

For almost a decade SAPAF has been bringing the five thousand year old traditions of South Asia’s performance arts to life for the greater Tulsa community; and public support through the Oklahoma Arts Council is essential to that mission.

This story celebrates 50 years of the Oklahoma Arts Council and how the state’s investments have positive ripple effects on communities across Oklahoma. See other stories or follow this link for more information.