In 1994 our state, then Uttar Pradesh, had the highest rate of infant mortality and lowest rate of women’s literacy in the nation. 75% of school age children were suffering from malnutrition.


Schools were few and far between. Many of the dilapidated old buildings were damaged and unsafe. Most students were studying in the dirt, without drinking water, desks, or books . Many schools had no road access and up to 100 children in different classes with only one teacher.



As a child growing up in southern Colorado where my mother was the postmaster and ran a Trading Post for the local Navajo and Ute Native Americans; living and working in India was the furthest thing from my girlish dreams. There was never enough of anything that I dreamed of and too much of all that I loathed. I wanted to be a famous movie star, live in a grand mansion, drive my fancy sports car wearing all my jewels and wonderful gowns. I wanted to get as far away from the dusty bean fields, pigs, barnyard chores, and let down hems as possible.



Being a part of the Ramana’s Garden Dance Troupe is just one of the many activities which the children of Ramana’s Garden can choose to participate in. The Dance Troupe meet twice per week in our school hall to receive lessons from our accomplished dance instructor, Swati, who was also once a student at Ramana’s Garden. Ramana’s Garden Dance Troupe has been delighting audiences here and abroad (England 2008) since 2000 when they won their first dance completion in the village Dusshera festival. For several years they have had the privilege of performing weekly at the Ananda Spa, rated no.1 in Asia. All the forms of Indian dance are studied and performed from Bollywood, to classical, folk, and a lot of Vandanas, ancient temple dances.



Being a part of the Ramana's family our kids get to also learn Indian Classical Music with many different music instruments. For several years they have had the privilege of performing weekly at the Ananda Spa, rated no.1 in Asia and many other renowned festivals and locations. They perform every night in Satsang(time when all family gathers after dinner and does chanting and prayers as a part of being thankful).




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