Code of Conduct

Our code of conduct is rooted in our core values and applies to all members of the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival community (leaders, volunteers, contractors, artists, participants and the audience) at all Festival events.

  1. Show respect for others and conduct yourself professionally — respect the rights of all. Harassment, fighting, bullying, intimidation, bigoted or inappropriate language or any other form of verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse or unwanted contact is unacceptable.
    • Unwanted contact is not limited to physical or verbal contact, but includes electronic and written communication. In general if someone asks you to stop doing something, then stop.
  2. Prioritize the safety of minors — if you are interacting with a minor of any gender, gender identity or expression, you must have the child’s parent/guardian or another adult present at the time and place of the interaction.
  3. Conduct yourself with the highest level of integrity — act honestly, truthfully and with integrity in all your dealings with the Festival community. Pay particular attention to your conduct in competitive events ensuring that there is no bias or exchange of favors.
  4. Hold yourself accountable - You are responsible for your words, actions and behavior at the Festival.

Anti-harassment Policy

The Aradhana Committee has adopted a strict policy where no form of harassment by or towards any member of our festival community will be tolerated. The Aradhana Committee is committed to enforcing its policy at all levels. Any committee member, volunteer, artist, contractor, or program participant who engages in harassment at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival will be dealt with through appropriate actions up to and including potential removal from the program. We take all allegations of misconduct very seriously and will undertake a thorough review and/or refer the matter to an independent legal authority or law enforcement.

Reporting Misconduct

If you experience or witness any misconduct at the Festival, please report it to us as soon as possible.

  • Email the Aradhana Committee at or alert a volunteer at the Festival to set up a call or meeting with Committee members/volunteers
  • First-hand information provided during your call/meeting will be used to document the complaint
  • All information received will be handled sensitively and compassionately. There will be no repercussions or reprisals against those who come forward
  • Based on the first-hand information provided, the committee may choose to refer the matter to law enforcement

When a person who has had or continues to have a relationship/affiliation with The Aradhana Committee or the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival has been accused of harassment or misconduct in an incident(s) not involving our organization, we recognize that we might not have standing to address the matter.

However, The Aradhana Committee may determine whether there should be a continued relationship with that individual. To make that determination, we will evaluate validated information made available to us and consider appropriate action.