Press & Media
We are thrilled to announce that the founder of World Heritage Cultural Center (WHCC), Sattie Persaud, was recently lauded with the prestigious Women of Substance 2020 award by Business View Magazine. Persaud, an 8th generation woman of Indian descent born in Guyana encourages the power of unity in diversity through her nonprofit. “Cultural identity bolsters diversity. Offering a common ground for different customs, traditions, and artistic creations will promote acceptance and tolerance. By being a liaison between cultural institutions, embassies, countries and communities, WHCC helps celebrate the colorful patchwork of races and ethnicities that make up the United States of America, bridging the gaps in public awareness about different cultures and enhancing social harmony.”
WHCC is a major influencer in the realm of cultural awareness, shifting focus from religion and politics to the arts to facilitate transformation in our society. The organization’s shows and classes naturally lead people to contribute to what matters most: Humanity. WHCC is built on faith in the idea of celebrating life through art to convey the greatest stories of human odyssey.
Persaud began WHCC 15 years ago, and the organization has grown exponentially, showcasing over 800 cultural groups in the United States and from around the world at over 245 concerts in that time. The value of the work WHCC has done would amount to over $35 million. This herculean task was achieved by Persaud without any grants or funding but by creating an impressive global network of inspired contributors. Thanks to these efforts, WHCC and its dedicated board look forward to opening its headquarters, which would make anywhere in the world an instant global destination.
Pace University Publication
When Sattie Persaud ’01 arrived in the United States in 1996, she could never have guessed that she would find her calling as the founder of a non-profit organization that champions diversity and multi-culturalism. Of Indian descent, Persaud was born in the South American country of Guyana, brought up in Suriname, and was the first woman in her family in seven generations to break the cycle of marrying by the age of 13. She also was the first in her family to attend college, studying accounting at Pace Pleasantville, where she joined the Indian Student Association (ISA).
Powerhouse Global Magazine
My name is Sattie Persaud, and I am the founder of World Heritage Cultural Center (WHHC)– a nonprofit that will change the way you think about culture. WHCC introduces people to cultures other than their own through performing, visual and culinary, which helps them gain a global perspective and better understanding of those different from themselves. Also, exposing people to their own cultures helps them understand their roots better in a nation where, often, they do not have contact with others culturally like them. I was inspired to start WHCC because of my personal story.
I am of Indian descent from Calcutta and Utarpardesh born in Guyana, brought up in Suriname. Living in Suriname, I felt like time stood still because people held on to ancient traditions. Women were married at or before 13 and became grandmothers by 26. This was my mother’s story too; she became a grandmother at 26 when my older sister gave birth at 13.
Volunteer Square loves to recognize exceptional individuals that donate their time and energy to nonprofit organizations across Connecticut. These volunteers make a true impact in the lives of others. We are thrilled to share all the wonderful stories here and on our website. If you would like nominate a volunteer, please fill out this Nomination Form.
This week our recognition is a little different than the ones we've published in the past few weeks. We are spotlighting Sattie Persaud, Founder of World Heritage Cultural Center. Nominated by WHCC Board Member Anindita Nanda, Sattie is being recognized for both her personal volunteer work and the work she does with the organization she founded. We are thrilled to honor Sattie and we hope you are inspired by reading her story. Congratulations, Sattie for the exceptional example you set with your work every day!
The human mind seeks connections. If we have good news, we want to share it with our loved ones. If we have bad news, we rely on others for emotional support. Whatever we do, we need personal connections to support us during good and bad times. And during such times, we come to an understanding that it is through the art of giving that we truly find peace and are able to connect with humanity.Sattie Persaud founded the non-profit organization World Heritage Cultural Center (WHCC) with a similar sentiment. Overcoming her own obstacles through humanity led her to understand what it feels like to serve humanity. And today, Sattie has established WHCC as a safe haven for people worldwide.Anyone from anywhere across the world can become a part of its journey without losing sight of their own goals, growth, and dreams. WHCC has grown into an organization that empowers the world through heritage, culture, and diversity via performing arts, visual arts, and culinary arts.
Formidable Woman Magazine
FWM: Please introduce yourself and your purpose.
Greetings, my name is Sattie Persaud and I am a daughter, sister, aunt, writer and a Senior Manager in Foreign Exchange/Treasury at Otis. In every other waken moment, I run a nonprofit organization and charitable foundation that is going to change the way you think about Culture. Our mission is to change society in a way where people can contribute to what matters most, which is Humanity.
How? We have created a platform since 2009, a common ground, where any culture in the world can come and celebrate their way of life through the Arts & Food, while making a positive impact through knowledge & charity. The hope is that when people learn about different cultural customs and values, respect will follow.
FWM: What makes you formidable?
I never give up, no job is too small or big, I have no time for drama, but get right to the heart of everything I do. When I believe in something, I give it my all and have faith that the Universe has got my back as good energy is rewarded. Yes we may not always get exactly what we want, but whatever blessings are gifted to us, we have the power to make that into what we want. We are stronger than we may think sometimes.
Actor Kabir Bedi was presented with the World Heritage Cultural Center’s (WHCC’s) first Lifetime Achievement Cultural Award for his long, distinguished career in the arts. Bedi has performed in film, television, and theater and is best known for roles in The Bold and the Beautiful (Prince Omar of Morocco), Octopussy (Gobinda), the Italian pirate series Sandokan (Sandokan), and over 60 Bollywood films including Khoon Bhari Maang (Sanjay Verma).
For more information about Bedi, please visit www.kabirbedi.com.
The awards ceremony was held on April 5, 2017, hosted at TV Asia, by World Heritage Cultural Center. The founder of TV Asia, H.R. Shah, was honored with WHCC’s Community Excellence Award!
2015 Award Recipients
2010 Award Recipients
WHCC has built a common ground that allows people to embrace diversity through creativity and charity, bringing forth the realization that we are One Family, One Human Race, One World.
World Heritage Cultural Center Receives 2020 Best of Danbury Award
DANBURY January 18, 2020 — World Heritage Cultural Center has been selected for the 2020 Best of Danbury Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Danbury Award Program.
Each year, the Danbury Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.
These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Danbury area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Danbury Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Danbury Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Danbury Award Program
The Danbury Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Danbury area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
“In our modern world, social constructs can feel limiting. The World Heritage Cultural Center makes it possible to spread diversity and culture through music, dance and much more. Together we can build a better future.”
—Alyssa Raghu, Singer. Actor. 2019 Top 8 American Idol Contestant.