Youth Service Through Cultural Arts (YSTCA) was founded in 2012 by Ashwin Srikant, Divya Mohan, Gopal Ravindhran, and Vignesh Thyagarajan: four high schoolers united through a common passion for the arts and serving the community. Their goal was to create an ongoing spirit of giving back. The founding team held their inaugural event in December 2012.
SMT. PADMA MOHAN
Smt. Padma Mohan, an IT professional-turned-art promoter, has been fostering Indian Classical art forms, especially Carnatic music in the Bay Area, since 2005. Padma has served in the cultural committees at Livermore temple, Fremont Hindu Temple, Carnatic Music Idol core team and has organized and hosted many concerts by budding and senior musicians. She founded Carnatic Chamber Concerts (CCC) in January 2009 which has become the pioneer platform for budding artists in the bay area with over 300+ music learning children currently enrolled and many on the waitlist. Under Padma's leadership, CCC, a registered nonprofit organization, has grown exponentially over the years and has enriched the musical growth of students learning music. Padma has been the adviser/mentor for the youth group Youth Services Through Cultural Arts (YSTCA) since its inception and under her mentorship, YSTCA has raised over $165,000 since 2012 for various local nonprofit organizations in the bay area.