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prometheanspark.comBy prometheanspark.com
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About

HELLO KICKSTARTER friends! Thanks for stopping by. This is an exciting project. We hope you think so too and jump on board. 

I saw my first kurta while working in leprosy colonies in India. You see, I spend months there each year as the President of  Promethean Spark International teaching essential life skills to impoverished youth through training in the performing arts. 

Discipline, Focus, Respect, Goal-Setting, Perseverance, Accountability, Initiative, Leadership, Peace-building…

Build a school and put 100 youth from the slums into it and watch over 90% flunk out. They were never given the basic tools necessary to succeed in such a structured 1st world environment. This is the gap we fill. Utilizing a specialized methodology we do life-coaching through intensive training in music, dance and theatre. As they discipline in the arts they learn the process of "becoming". That  which was impossible becomes possible. A fire is lit within that lights their way to a new life of industry, self-reliance and joy. That is the "Promethean Spark" we are talking about.

As I mentioned in the video above, I liked the kurta so much I bought my own and wore it everywhere. This was a couple of years ago. I had a few more tailor made with the fabric, colors, fit and style I wanted. Every time I wear a kurta I get asked what the shirt is called and where I got it. CEOs of large companies and professors at Harvard have asked me where they could get them, as have surfers on the North Shore of Oahu. 

Comfortable, Versatile, Casual and Classy. We are creating a for-profit organization marketing "PROMETHEAN SPARK KURTAS". Once established, PSK will create financial sustainability for all our programs in India, Africa and South America. Back us and help lift humanity in a very real way.

What is a Kurta?

kurta |ˈkərtə| noun a loose collarless shirt usually worn by people from South Asia. ORIGIN from Urdu and Persian kurtah .

This style is just being introduced into the western market. Clothing styles in general have taken on a more ethnic and cultural look in recent years. We are excited to fill a niche of the market that has not been filled and to sell them at a lower price than is currently being offered by only a few online marketers.

Short Kurtas: Cool Cream, Burnt Orange, Dark Olive
Short Kurtas: Cool Cream, Burnt Orange, Dark Olive
Teal Kurta
Teal Kurta

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Our Product

We want to stay simple. Many manufacturers have pushed us to go fancy with various embroidered patterns, lettering, borders, pockets etc. This is not what we feel will work best for the average man or woman. With the very simple look, you can iron the shirt and wear it to a nice occasion (i.e. fine dining or as casual business attire) just as easily as you can wear it "as is" to school, shopping, to an amusement park, around the house or to the beach. 

Our unique and earthy tones will work for any complexion. We have something for all seasons ;-)

We will provide kurtas in Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large (S, M, L and XL) sizes. If all goes well and we are able to expand, we anticipate adding children's sizes and plus sizes in the future.

Since it is not a fitted style and is meant to be loose, sizes are based on the chest measurement only:

S -- 32"- 34 "

M -- 36"- 38"

L -- 40"- 42"

XL-- 44"- 48"

  • Flex Cotton Blend 
  • Short kurta slits on the sides at the hip
  • Nehru collar (collarless)
  • Wooden toggles and small loops serve on functional button plaquet 
  • Machine wash with warm or cold water 
  • Dry on low or hang dry for best color preservation and longevity 
  • Locally stocked and shipped from USA 
  • Ethically made in India

Our trademarked logo will be embroidered on each shirt by members of our own team here in the US. To not attract too much attention, the logo has been strategically placed on the lower back corner near the short slit in the side of the shirt. See below.

Promethean Spark's Trademark Logo positioned on the corner of the derriere side of the slit in the left side of the kurta.
Promethean Spark's Trademark Logo positioned on the corner of the derriere side of the slit in the left side of the kurta.
A closer look
A closer look

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Rewards

A few clarifications and explanations about the rewards. 

Here are the photos (some which have been featured in art exhibits in NYC) you can choose from that are mentioned in the rewards from $100 on up. 

Early sunrise photo from a rare viewpoint at the Vedanthankal Bird Sanctuary (Tamil: வேடந்தாங்கல் பறவைகள் சரணாலயம்) located in the Kancheepuram District of the state of Tamil Nadu, India.
Early sunrise photo from a rare viewpoint at the Vedanthankal Bird Sanctuary (Tamil: வேடந்தாங்கல் பறவைகள் சரணாலயம்) located in the Kancheepuram District of the state of Tamil Nadu, India.
Bharathanatyam Welcome Dance. This photo was taken during their first performance before an audience of 5000 people.
Bharathanatyam Welcome Dance. This photo was taken during their first performance before an audience of 5000 people.
Leaping into an exciting and hope-filled future. Joseph went on to become a soloist and the President of Promethean Spark's LifeDance Troupe.
Leaping into an exciting and hope-filled future. Joseph went on to become a soloist and the President of Promethean Spark's LifeDance Troupe.
Indian Kolam Design made from chalk dust on the sidewalk
Indian Kolam Design made from chalk dust on the sidewalk
Taj Mahal through the trees
Taj Mahal through the trees

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Here are the lyrics to Now or Never; A Love Song to Humanity, the song being awarded to all backers from $25 on up. With its public debut at the First World Parliament on Spirituality at the intercultural celebration on 12/21/2012, this song has become an inspirational mantra of hope for many. Due to be released in late 2014, you will receive a pre-release version of the song in mp3 format.

NOW OR NEVER; A LOVE SONG TO HUMANITY

1) Why don’t we sail away into our love’s horizon?

Why don’t we live the fragile dreams we hold so dear?

Why don’t we say the words we know that we ourselves would love to hear?

What keeps us from the happiness we yearn for year after year?

Chorus:

[It’s now or never or we’re sure to regret forever--The clouds and the stars, the dreams that were ours that still linger on the shelf--It’s now or never. Can’t we conquer our fears together?--Must we always be scared of what should be shared?--Don’t we owe it to ourselves?]

2) Why do we run and hide when heaven’s at the window?

Why do we keep our dreams at bay outside the door?

Why do we pray for help then when it comes we hesitate once more?

Why live in hatred, doubt and fear?

What are we waiting for?

[Chorus]

Is it always just around the corner?

Is it always just out of reach?

If only this, if only that, someday, I wish

If only you and I were somewhere else, someone else, in some other time

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow

Tomorrow never becomes today

Tomorrow will always be a day away, so live today

It’s now or never or we’re sure to regret forever

Let’s live today

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VIDEO of the historic LifeDance Troupe performing for the first time before an audience of thousands INCLUDES:

  • Bharathanatyam Welcome Dance
  • Stayin' Alive -- Theatrical Dance about surviving in the streets and helping each other succeed
  • Somebody Out There -- Lyrical Dance (signature piece) about those in despair, those with leprosy, who think there is no one who understands or cares. But there is somebody out there who cares and will become an angel to lift them, empower them and walk by their side so that they in turn can become an angel to someone else.

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Our Team

President: Shaun Parry

Head Coordinator: Preston Squire

Coordinator in India: Benson Massey

Business Lead: Sarah Mae Aloc

Advertising and Social Media Lead: Cameron Abaroa

Admin Leads: Seven (Min) Zhang and Holly Pope

Business Consultant: Paul Wilson

Videographers/Video Editors: James Astle and Preston Moss

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Who is Shaun Parry?

I am the 2nd of 10 children, a seeker of light and truth and a lover of the arts. For the past 17 years I have lived in NYC making my living as a Broadway performer. I sing, dance, act, direct, choreograph and do a good deal of public speaking. CATS, Phantom of the Opera, AIDA and Beowulf are a few of the Broadway musicals you may recognize, that I have been in. Metropolitan Opera, New York Theatre Ballet, Martha Graham and Ballroom National Championships are a few of the places I have been privileged to dance.

-- President and Founder of Promethean Spark International (a nonprofit organization that teaches essential life skills to impoverished youth worldwide through training in the performing arts) 

-- Member of the Council for The World United 

-- Founder and Artistic Director of the LifeDance Troupe 

-- Presenter at:

  • First World Parliament on Spirituality
  • Global Women's Summit 
  • World Scholar/Athlete Games 
  • World Youth Peace Summit
  • Institute of Applied Human Excellence Leadership Conference
More information can be found at  www.shaunparry.com or www.prometheanspark.com 

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Where Your Money Will Go

 We are projecting $5000.00 US to get started on our initial shipment of kurtas. The money will go directly to paying manufacturing & shipping costs plus import tariffs required to get the first batch of shirts in our hands and straight to the market. 

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Extended Goals

If we surpass our goal we will be able to expand even faster than originally anticipated. The money past the $5000 mark will either go toward a new color (per our rewards) or manufacturing Children's Sizes and Plus Sizes. We will also be able to up our game with an aggressive marketing campaign. 

$5000 -- For anyone who pledges five-thousand dollars to this campaign, you will get to choose the next color of kurta we manufacture and that color will be named after you forevermore in our Designer Brand line. Of course you will receive all the rewards from the previous amounts as well.

$10,000 -- This pledge will give you an all expense paid trip with yours truly (Shaun Parry) as your guide to India. In seven days you will see some of the most famous Indian sites as well as spend time with the youth/children from the leprosy colonies who inspired this project. They will put on a special mini-concert just for you, there in India. You will be asked (required) to abide by the rules I set for the trip. There are many reasons for this, including safety. I will plan the trip similar to the way I travel (comfortable but not extravagant). If you prefer a different mode of travel or accommodations -- for instance if you choose to bump to business class on your flight -- that is fine, but you agree pay the difference. I have no doubt it will be a wonderful experience and a life-changing one at that. Of course you will also receive all the rewards from the $5000 pledge as well.

THANK YOU, KICKSTARTER! AND THANK YOU TO EVERYONE HELPING TO MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY.

Risks and challenges

Our Challenges:

- Promethean Spark Kurtas will be manufactured in India and shipped to the US. This normally takes 30 to 40 days, however, manufacturing and shipping may take longer than anticipated.

- We are outsourcing embroidery of our logo and insertion of all necessary tags. If our outsourcing companies are slow to fulfill our orders this may cause a delay in delivery.

Fulfillment despite challenges:

- If a delay in delivery does occur we will notify our donors immediately through email and offer a number they can call for any questions. We will either resolve the issue with the current manufacturer or find new manufacturers or new shipping companies.

- If our outsourcing companies do not live up to our standards we have the means to accomplish the embroidery and tag insertion ourselves. This will not be a permanent solution but during this time we will keep in touch with our donors, updating them along the way, providing a real person to talk by phone during business hours if they so desire.

-Every precaution has been taken to be sure our outsourcing companies are reliable, however in the event they do not fulfill expectations, we will move on to their competition and secure another outsourcing company that will fulfill our expectations on time.

We have 3 manufacturers in India competing for our business. If one does not come through with exactly what we want we have options. We also have many Promethean Spark volunteers and supporters at our headquarters in NYC and an active Promethean Spark Chapter on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. If we have a problem with embroidering, tag insertion or "fixing" --- we have the man/woman-power to take care of it.

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    If you missed the $40 EARLY-BIRD KICKSTARTER SPECIAL! Here it is for just $5 more. --- One Promethean Spark Kurta (your choice from colors and sizes available). Don't miss out. Only a few available at this reward level. You will also receive a pre-release mp3 of the song "Now or Never; A Love Song to Humanity" by Shaun Parry; the song that debuted at the First World Parliament on Spirituality in Hyderabad India on the day the world was supposed end (12/21/12). Plus, your name listed on the PS Hall of Fame, a screen saver of our cool Promethean Spark logo, a personalized "Thank you" shout out on our social media and an e-thank you card.

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    You will receive 2 Promethean Spark Kurtas (your choice from sizes and colors available), You will also receive a pre-release mp3 of the song "Now or Never; A Love Song to Humanity" by Shaun Parry; the song that debuted at the First World Parliament on Spirituality in Hyderabad India on the day the world was supposed end (12/21/12). Plus, your name listed on the PS Hall of Fame, a screen saver of our cool Promethean Spark logo, a personalized "Thank you" shout out on our social media and an e-thank you card.

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    You will receive 2 Promethean Spark Kurtas (your choice from sizes and colors available). You will also receive hi-res, printable files for 2 of the India Exhibit Photos you see in the description, a pre-release mp3 of the song "Now or Never; A Love Song to Humanity" by Shaun Parry; the song that debuted at the First World Parliament on Spirituality in Hyderabad India on the day the world was supposed end (12/21/12). Plus, your name listed on the PS Hall of Fame, a screen saver of our cool Promethean Spark logo, a personalized "Thank you" shout out on our social media and an e-thank you card.

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    3 Promethean Spark Kurtas (your choice of sizes and colors available), Printable download of all 5 India exhibit photos taken by Shaun Parry shown in description. You will also receive a pre-release mp3 of the song "Now or Never; A Love Song to Humanity" by Shaun Parry; the song that debuted at the First World Parliament on Spirituality in Hyderabad India on the day the world was supposed end (12/21/12). Plus, your name listed on the PS Hall of Fame, a screen saver of our cool Promethean Spark logo, a personalized "Thank you" shout out on our social media and an e-thank you card.

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    5 Promethean Spark Kurtas -- One of which will be a 1-of-a-kind personalized PS Kurta (your name embroidered wherever you want it on the kurta), Printable download of all 5 India exhibit photos taken by Shaun Parry shown in description and a video of the youth from the leprosy colonies as they performed for the first time before an audience of 5000 people. You will also receive a pre-release mp3 of the song "Now or Never; A Love Song to Humanity" by Shaun Parry; the song that debuted at the First World Parliament on Spirituality in Hyderabad India on the day the world was supposed end (12/21/12). Plus, your name listed on the PS Hall of Fame, a screen saver of our cool Promethean Spark logo, a personalized "Thank you" shout out on our social media and an e-thank you card.

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    10 Promethean Spark Kurtas -- One of which will be a 1-of-a-kind personalized PS Kurta (your name embroidered wherever you want it on the kurta), Printable download of all 5 India exhibit photos taken by Shaun Parry shown in description and a video of the youth from the leprosy colonies as they performed for the first time before an audience of 5000 people. You will also receive a pre-release mp3 of the song "Now or Never; A Love Song to Humanity" by Shaun Parry; the song that debuted at the First World Parliament on Spirituality in Hyderabad India on the day the world was supposed end (12/21/12). Plus, your name listed on the PS Hall of Fame, a screen saver of our cool Promethean Spark logo, a personalized "Thank you" shout out on our social media and an e-thank you card.

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    10 Promethean Spark Kurtas -- two of which will be a 1-of-a-kind personalized PS Kurta (your name embroidered wherever you want it on the kurta). You will also be given personal Skype session with the children and youth who inspired the Kurtas, Printable download of all 5 India exhibit photos taken by Shaun Parry shown in description and a video of the youth from the leprosy colonies as they performed for the first time before an audience of 5000 people. You will receive a pre-release mp3 of the song "Now or Never; A Love Song to Humanity" by Shaun Parry; the song that debuted at the First World Parliament on Spirituality in Hyderabad India on the day the world was supposed end (12/21/12). Plus, your name listed on the PS Hall of Fame, a screen saver of our cool Promethean Spark logo, a personalized "Thank you" shout out on our social media and an e-thank you card.

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    We will immortalize your name by creating a new kurta color just for you. We will work with you to decide the color and create a new line in your name. (ie; "Sarah Chen's "Sunshine Yellow" Kurta). Once produced, the first kurta named after you will be framed and have your name and the color named after you embroidered on the kurta. Plus all rewards from the $1000 level.

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    I will be your personal tour guide on an all expense paid trip to India (that I will plan) for one week of sight-seeing and direct involvement with the youth and children of the Promethean Spark programs that inspired the Kurtas. Plus all rewards from the $5000 level.

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Funding period

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