CORNING - The Southern Tier India Cultural Association (STICA) raised funds Tuesday to support victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

STICA sponsored Viva Kultura’s show ‘Discover India’ at Corning-Painted Post High School's auditorium.

Viva Kultura brought more than 40 artists from 15 countries in a fusion of classical dance, live music, aerial acrobatics, theatre, and martial arts. The show featured Bharatnatyam (an Indian classical dance style), ballet, hip hop, mantra music, classical music and jazz, amongst others.

Viva Kultura has been performing for audiences of up to 500,000 people in Poland for the past 30 years and has also toured India, Australia, Brazil, and Moldova. While touring Australia, they were dubbed the “Indian Cirque du Soleil.”

The innovative act uses contemporary theatre techniques to present wisdom from the ancient Indian scriptures, starting from the tale of King Parikshit who has been cursed by a king and only has seven days to live. With this sense of urgency, the audience is taken deeper into several stories within a story that probe into the meaning of life through the emotions of love, fear, hope, and tragedy.

Other acts include a vibrant, emotionally charged retelling of the Ramayana and the dreamy love story of Usha and Aniruddha.

“The program is a perfect fit for STICA’s mission to share the Indian culture, tradition and values with the local community and to give back to our new homeland in return for the opportunities that this country has offered to us”, said Ketan Maisuria, President of Southern Tier India Cultural Association. “This show is an excellent example of the community coming together for disaster relief.”

STICA will channel the funds to the areas affected by the disaster through the Corning Rotary Club.