East West Centerpoint
Co-founded by Tara and her artistic partner Ostad Abbos Kosimov,
the organization East West Centerpoint is a registered 510 (c) 3 tax-exempt non-profit, fiscally sponsored by Dancer's Group.
This unique organization promotes the arts and cultures of Central Asia
(presenting traditional arts and artists from the regions of:
Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and
East Turkestan). The organization strives to build dialogue, interest,
tolerance and cross-cultural understanding between the Eastern and
Western cultures through the preservation and development of Central
Asian traditional arts.
Traditional Uyghur handicraft purses, shirts and miniature carpets made by village women in
Hotan, Xinjiang, China are now available for sale on our site. Through East West Centerpoint
100% of the sales of these products will go back to the women to support artist livelihood
and mirco-enterprising in the region.
Upcoming projects through East West Centerpoint include a project involving English
translation of a Uyghur dance history book, which is currently in need of sponsorship.
Doira va Raqs Ensemble
About the ensemble: Doira va Raqs (Muic and Dance) is an
ensemble that specializes in dance and music from the Silk Road
Region. The ensemble is made up of master artists of the Central Asian diaspora lead by Doira virtouso Ostad Abbos Kosimov, Uzbek dance master Soghdiana Israilova, Tara Pandeya as well as esteemed core dancers and musicians of the dotar, robab, tambur, kanee, zur and qiroq.
Please also visit the Alliance for California Traditional Artists website to view the apprenticeship Tara completed with Abbos, learning traditional Uzbek dorya rhythms for dance improvisation: http://www.actaonline.org/content/apprenticeship-uzbek-doira
Please visit Ostad Abbos Kosimov's website at: www.abboskosimov.com