Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Allalaghatta Pavan AKA A Pavan
Recipient Type
Start Date
November 2014
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

A. Pavan will introduce traditional compositions from the North Indian Tabla repertoire to Minnesota audiences through four workshops and a public concert. The delivered value of the public concert and workshops will be assessed through written and oral surveys at the end of each event, collating and analyzing the results at the end of the project. See narrative for details of the evaluation process. 2: To promote the traditional art of Tabla, A. Pavan will record 50 video lessons for the Tabla and write an instructional booklet and publish online. The video lessons and instructional book’s efficacy will be assessed via responses from students, professional Tabla masters, and reviews and comments made directly to me or online, and via oral and written surveys at the four Tabla workshops.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Presented four workshops and a public performance introducing students and audience to a variety of traditional Tabla compositions from March 2015 to May 2016. A written survey was handed to the workshop students and to the concert audience. We designed the surveys with ten questions, to provide insightful feedback on the success of each event. The questions related to whether the material was sufficiently deep/broad, the content met the audience expectations, suggestions for next workshops, the quality of instruction, performance, sound, stage and publicity. Survey results were analyzed by the team for each event and the project as a whole. 2: Produced 50 Lessons for Tabla consisting of 50 online videos with detailed notes and published a booklet containing notes for all 50 lessons. A written survey was handed to several practitioners of the art of Tabla including senior Maestros and students of different skills (advanced, intermediate and beginner) spanning age groups, genders and ethnicities. This survey had twelve questions, to gauge the quality of the videos and notes. The questions related to whether the material was sufficiently deep/broad, the quality of video, sound, performance and notes. Survey results were analyzed by the team for the project as a whole.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Folk and Traditional Arts
Project Details
Tabla artist and teacher Pavan will record fifty lessons for traditional tabla compositions on video, with an accompanying instructional booklet, publish them online, conduct workshops, and hold a public performance.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Allalaghatta Pavan AKA A Pavan
(612) 508-3716
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies; Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
John Berquist: Director, Saint Paul Swedish Male Chorus; former director, Rochester International Association; Rebecca Dallinger: Special projects coordinator at the White Earth Tribal and Community College; Rhonda Dass: Associate professor of anthropology, and director of museum studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Debra Korluka: Byzantine iconography artist and instructor; Phyllis May-Machunda: Cofounder and director of Training Our Campuses Against Racism. Facilitator, Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. Folklorist, scholar, and educator.; Scott Pollock: Director of exhibitions, collections and programs, American Swedish Institute; Perry Price: Director of education, American Craft Council; Chris Schuelke: Executive director, Otter Tail County Historical Society
Conflict of Interest Disclosed