|"ABHAI" (Association of BHaratanatyam Artistes of India)|
Chennai based ABHAI is Of, By and For the dance community. “Abhai” in
Sanskrit means “no fear”. ABHAI was founded in 1987 under the guidance
of the late Guru K.N. Pakkirisami Pillai. It was launched with the noble
vision of bringing together under a common banner all Bharatanatyam
artistes – not only dancers, but also gurus, accompanying
musicians, technicians, writers, costume designers, make-up
artistes and rasikas. ABHAI is a welfare association. All possible
help will be extended to member artistes, especially the needy, the
retired and the handicapped. ABHAI has been providing Monthly Medical
Assistance to a number of people in dance-related fields.
|"Abhinava Dance Company"|
Nirupama Rajendra, Rajendra T D
Exponents and teachers of Bharatanatyam and Kathak, Nirupama and
Rajendra started Abhinava in 1994 in Bangalore. The Abhinava Dance
Company is the performance wing. Prabhat Vastra Vybhav offers services
in rental of PA systems, costumes and permanent installation of Sound
and Light equipment. Prabhath Sound Studios is equipped with
sophisticated high tech digital audio-video equipment and a professional
video editing suite.
"Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The Drishtikon
Aditi Mangaldas is the choreographer and principal
dancer of the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The
Drishtikon Dance Foundation, Delhi. Trained by
leading gurus Kumudini Lakhia and Pt Birju
Maharaj, Aditi is today recognised for her
artistry, technique, eloquence and characteristic
energy that mark every performance. Besides
dancing and choreographing classical productions,
(which represent a major part of her work), she
has attempted to break new ground by using her
knowledge and experience of Kathak as a
springboard to evolve a contemporary dance
vocabulary, infused with the spirit of the
|Ananda Shankar Jayant
Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi exponent Ananda
Shankar Jayant is the honorary director of
Shankarananda Kalakshetra, a premier institution
for Music & Dance in the twin cities of
Hyderabad & Secunderabad.
Drishti Art Centre located at Sahakarnagar,
Bangalore is a premier Bharatanatyam dance
institute founded by Anuradha Vikranth in
September 2001. She edits Drishti, an exclusive
magazine on dance and music.
|"Apsaras Arts Dance Group"
Bharatanatyam dancer Uma Chetty, disciple of Neila
Sathyalingam (Apsaras Arts, Singapore), started
the branch of Apsaras Arts in Richmond, Virginia
was established by Anita Ratnam as a
multi-dimensional institution dedicated to the
performing and visual arts as well as the media
cultures of cinema, theatre and television...
Attendance- the dance annual of India
Edited, compiled and published by Bangalore based
Ashish Mohan Khokar, attendance is India's only
year-book on dance. It covers a year (1st Jan-31st
Dec) in perspective and gives perspectives on
issues, events, exhibitions, shows, seminars,
books, biographies and obits. Top writers and
critics of dance contribute in-depth articles.
Metros are covered, as also major dance centers
attendance-india.com / dancearchivesofindia.com
|"Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts,
Attakkalari is committed to interdisciplinary
performance work and is an umbrella organisation
facilitating and producing international arts
events. Attakkalari is engaged in creating a
context for contemporary physical expressions in
India by making information from Indian
performance traditions as well as the
international performing arts scene available to
artists and audiences in India and abroad.
"Nrityodaya - School for Classical Dance"
Ayswaria Wariar established Nrityodaya School for Classical Dance in
2003 at Vadodara. Nrityodaya which is approved and registered under the
Gujarat Sangeet Natak Academy, trains aspiring talents in the dance
styles of Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam.
Baisali Basusarkar's institution Chalormi in
Kolkata is dedicated to imparting training and
performing classical Manipuri Dance with the aim
to preserve and propagate this unique dance form.
Baisali has also learnt Thang-ta (Martial art of
Manipur) under N Rihini Chandra and P Henry
|Bala Devi Chandrashekar
"Shree Padma Nrityam Academy of Performing
Arts" - (SPNAPA)
Based in Princeton, NJ, Bharata Nrityam exponent
Bala is a disciple of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam.
She's a panel artist with the New Jersey state
council on the Arts. She is involved in developing
"Performing studies" in collaboration with Theater
and Dance, History, Philosophy, Linguistic
anthropology and Music departments of various
Universities in the US.
|"Carnatic Durbar - Musings on music"
Sudha Jagannathan / K T Jagannathan
This website endeavours to focus attention
primarily on the musical scene in Chennai and will
attempt to write in a simple and lucid language
the charms that permanently emanate from our sabta
swaras. The dream is to make this platform a
centrepiece of awareness of not only the glorious
traditions of carnatic music and its multi-lingual
geniuses who give soul-filling satisfaction to
thousands of lovers of classical music, but also
to provide a platform for informed debate and
discussions on various aspects of carnatic music
and other Indian musical forms.
|"Chinmaya Naada Bindu"|
Chinmaya Naada Bindu is a Gurukul for Indian Performing Arts created as a
project of the Central Chinmaya Mission Trust with a clear vision
to propagate India’s Vedic traditions through the Performing
Arts. Housed in the premises of Chinmaya Vibhooti, a spiritual
resource centre on 60 acres of land at the foothills of Sahyadri
Mountain range in Kolwan near Pune, Chinmaya Naada Bindu presents yearly
festivals, monthly workshops, arts lectures and residential intensives /
courses in Bharatanatyam (Ramaa Bharadvaj - Director, Dance) and
Hindustani Music (Himanshu Nanda & Pramodini Rao - Directors,
chinmayanaadabindu.org / chinmayauniversity.ac.in
|Chitra Arvind |
"Rhythmotion Dance Company"
Bharatanatyam and Kathak dancer Chitra Arvind is the Artistic Director
of Rhythmotion - school of classical and contemporary dance, Bangalore.
She is trained from The Place, London, in Modern dance techniques
including Graham, Cunningham, Release and Indian martial art forms of
Kalaripayattu, Thang tha and Chhau. She also imparts dance education to
the hearing and speech impaired at the Sheila Kothavala Institute for
the Deaf, Bangalore.
Debadhara is a pioneering institution of Odissi dance which upholds the
unique style of Late Guru Debaprasad Das. This institution was founded
in 2003 by Guru Binayak Panda, brother/disciple of Guru Gajendra Panda.
Debadhara organises three cultural festivals in New Delhi each year.
|Deepa Narayanan Sashindran|
"Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation"
Bangalore based Kuchipudi exponent Deepa Narayanan Sashindran, disciple
of Guru Manju Barggavee, is engaged in teaching aspirants, presents solo
and that of her creative ensemble, conducts workshops/lec-dems, curates
dance festival Natya Parampara Utsava at Kuchipudi Parampara
Tridhara is an Odissi dance and music academy established by Guru
Debaprasad Das in Bhubaneswar. Gajendra Panda, the direct disciple of
Guru Debaprasad Das, is the present director of Tridhara. He has
been tirelessly striving to preserve his master's legacy, and has
branches in Malaysia, Singapore and Nigeria. His brother Binayak Panda
manages Debdhara in Delhi.
Founder-President of Natya-Vriksha, a Delhi based
organization devoted to promoting Bharatanatyam,
Geeta Chandran is also known for her prowess in
Carnatic music, her work in television, video and
film, theatre, choreography, dance education,
dance activism and dance-issue journalism.
inDANCE, established in 1999 at Toronto, presents
works that are a unique synthesis of artistic
director Hari Krishnan’s South Asian and Western
"Natya Dance Theater"
In 1975, dancer/ choreographer Hema Rajagopalan
founded Natya Dance Theatre (NDT) in Chicago to
sustain and develop the traditional art forms of
India through the teaching and performance of
Bharatanatyam for audiences of all backgrounds.
Krithika Rajagopalan is principal dancer and
assistant artistic director.
"Mandala Arts and Culture"
Under the artistic direction of Jai Govinda,
Mandala Arts and Culture presents and promotes
Indian classical dance as a vital and valuable
part of Canada's dance culture, by ensuring
high-quality standards in the teaching, mentoring
and performance of Bharatanatyam.
Smitalay is a leading dance school of Mumbai
established by Jhelum Paranjape in 1989 in memory
of the late actress Smita Patil. The aim of
Smitalay is to teach Odissi and broaden the
concept of dance in general as a visual
communicator & educator.
Kalakriya represents a modest but meaningful
endeavour to preserve and popularize the
performing arts of India in general and
Bharatanatyam in particular. Ideal techno tools
for learning, these Bharatanatyam DVDs, VCDs and
ACDs will enable dance students and enthusiasts to
gain access to the abundant and arcane wisdom of
some of the greatest Bharathanatyam exponents of
Kanaka Sudhakar established Nrityabharati, an
institute for Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi in New
Delhi in 1985. She is the Founder President of
SUNAINA - Society for the Upliftment of National
Arts of India, which was established in 1994 and
now has three wings - Nrityabharati (dancer
training wing), Kala Khoj (research section) and
latest initiative Bharata Muni Spirituo Cultural
Academic Centre (BMSCAC- educational wing) through
which she plans to build an ideal education system
in which spiritual, cultural and academic training
go side by side.
|D Keshava and The Dance Group Kalasri
"Kalasri - School for Indian Dance and Yoga",
Kalasri, the school for Indian Dance and Yoga, was
founded in 1976 by D Keshava in Basel,
Switzerland. Kalasri celebrated its 25-year Silver
Jubilee in September 2001.
|Lakshmi Kern Devadass
Lakshmi K Devadass is a Bharatanatyam dancer
from Coimbatore, currently living in Fribourg,
Switzerland. Besides performing regularly, she
also gives traditional Bharatanatyam classes in
"Sampradaya Dance Creations"
As Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance
Creations, Lata Pada is at the forefront of South
Asian dance in Canada. The Company is committed to
showcasing Bharatanatyam as a universal art form
as it explores diverse movement styles,
contemporary themes and innovative dance
Abhinaya guru Kalanidhi Narayanan has been
teaching abhinaya to students since 1973. Do you
want to learn a padam? Do you want to improve your
abhinaya performance? Have you learnt a number of
nrittha items and would you like to learn Abhinaya
items? Learn-a-padam launched by her UK based
students Chamundeswari and Annapoorna Kuppuswamy
provides you with resources to understand and
engage with concepts and principles in abhinaya
through a variety of ways.
Compositions of K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai, Ghanam
provided by Lakshman Ragde, Canada
Madhavi Puranam is the Managing Editor of
‘Nartanam’ quarterly, a journal on the classical
dances of India. She writes on dance for other
publications too and occasionally for The Hindu.
"STEM Dance Kampni"
STEM (Space.Time.Energy.Movement) Dance Kampni was
founded by dancer/ choreographer Madhu Nataraj in
1995, to explore and create new expressions in
dance. STEM is the Indian Contemporary Dance unit
of the Natya Institute of Kathak &
MAHAGAMI (Mahatma Gandhi Mission Sangeet Academy),
Aurangabad is one of the premiere dance gurukuls
in India that imparts training in Kathak and
Odissi dance forms based on the ancient
guru-shishya tradition. The only center of its
kind in Maharashtra state, MAHAGAMI is the first
ISO certified art-organization in the world. It is
a dedicated center for research and training in
Kathak and Odissi dance forms. Kathak and Odissi
exponent Parwati Dutta is the director and guru at
MAHAGAMI since 1996.
|Mayadhar Raut, Madhumita Raut |
"Jayantika - Mayadhar Raut School of Odissi Dance"
Teaching and sustaining the Guru-Shishya Parampara, Delhi based Guru
Mayadhar Raut continues to be the high priest of Indian classical dance.
Madhumita Raut is the inheritor and proponent of her illustrious
father’s dance legacy. Madhumita manages and teaches at the
Jayantika-Mayadhar Raut School of Odissi Dance.
|Mayuri Upadhya, Madhuri Upadhya|
Headed by Mayuri and Madhuri Upadhya, Bangalore based Nritarutya is a
professional organisation for development of contemporary dancing in
India. Through its work it supports, initiates understanding of new
Indian dance expressions arising from its unique urban structures of
living, physical (martial, dance & movement) traditions and
|Mitul Sengupta, Ronnie Shambik Ghose
"Rhythmosaic School and Dance Institute"/
"Rhythmosaic Dance Company"
Based in Kolkata, Ballygunge Rhythmosaic School
and Dance Institute was formed in 2005 by Kathak
dancer Mitul Sengupta and classical jazz dancer
Ronnie Shambik Ghose. Their contemporary Kathak
blends Classical Jazz Dance and Kathak. Mitul is a
dance therapist, professional member of American
Dance Therapy Association, and Ronnie Shambik
Ghose is a Movement Analyst, specialized in Laban
Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals and
Labonotation. Rhythmosaic aims at providing
authentic technique learning in Dance Movement
Therapy for dealing with clinical and non-clinical
"Abhinaya Dance Company"
An exponent of three Indian classical dance forms
- Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi, Artistic
Director Mythili Kumar founded the Abhinaya Dance
Company of San Jose in 1980. It is dedicated to
promoting and perpetuating primarily Bharatanatyam
(Pandanallur Baani) and Kuchipudi.
Nandini K Mehta, K Murali Mohan
NADAM, an acronym for Narthan Academy for Dance
and Music, was launched in 1999 at Bangalore by
Nandini Mehta and K Murali Mohan. The academy
imparts training in Kathak, Bharatanatyam and
|"Natya Institute of Kathak &
Kathak guru Maya Rao, founder of NIKC, was the
only Indian with a Post Graduate certificate in Choreography from the
USSR and the recipient of several awards. NIKC, now headed by her
daughter Madhu Nataraj Kiran, is the only institute in the country to
accord a BA Degree in choreography (affiliated to the Bangalore
Drs. Raja and Radha Reddy, Kaushalya Reddy
in 1976 by Dr(s) Raja and Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy, New Delhi
based Natya Tarangini has evolved from a simple Kuchipudi dance school
into a unique Performing Arts Centre encompassing all activities
involved in preservation and promotion of Arts.
|Niharika Mohanty & Sujata Mohapatra
With the blessings, guidance, and inspiration of
late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Odissi dancers
Niharika Mohanty and Sujata Mohapatra have started
'Guru Shradha' in San Carlos (near San Francisco).
It is dedicated to Guru Mohapatra, his vision,
style, and technique aiming to cater to potential
students throughout North America.
|Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala
Chennai based Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala is a dancer
and teacher who specializes in Pandanallur style
of Bharatanatyam. She is the Creative Director of
Kala Pradarshini, Centre for Performing Arts and
Cultural Activities. Kala Pradarshini is respected
for its immense contribution in promoting talent
in its annual festivals, which feature both
youngsters and a galaxy of eminent artistes.
Parvathi serves as the Honorary Secretary of ABHAI
(Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India).
Priya Das is a writer based in San Francisco Bay Area, USA, covering
extraordinary nuances of everyday life with a focus on the performing
arts. She is a regular contributor to India Currents, a magazine
reaching more than 170K readers on - and offline. Most of her writing
can be found on
Now based in Kolkata, Priyadarshini Ghosh is
trained in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam and
Seraikella Chhau. She uses this training for her
work in the contemporary idiom.
Based in Delhi, Rama Vaidyanathan is considered as
one of the best interpreters of Bharatanatyam. She
has been trained intensively under the legendry
dancer Yamini Krishnamurty and Guru Saroja
"Arpana Dance Company"
Southern California based Arpana School of Dance
was started in 1982 by Ramya Harishankar, disciple
of late Swamimalai K Rajaratnam (Vazhuvoor style)
and abhinaya guru Kalanidhi Narayanan. She started
the Arpana Dance Company in 1985. Over the years
she has donated over $60000 to charities, through
Kuchipudi dancer Saraswathi Rajathesh established her dance school Natya
Saraswathi in 1997 in Bangalore. There are branches in Hyderabad &
USA. She conducts annual festivals Karnataka Kuchipudi Nrithyothsav and
In Indian terms 'tradition' is understood as lines
of transmission para-para from one generation to
the next. Parampara was founded in 1994 by Saskia
Kersenboom, to support and foster one such
tradition in dance and music of Tamilnadu, South
"Shambhavi’s International School of Kathak"
Shambhavi had Kathak training from her mother Maneesha Sathe, advanced
training in Indian Rhythm from Pt. Suresh Talwalkar and vocal music from
Guru Mangala Vaidya. After 20 years of vibrant career in India, Shambhavi moved her base to USA. She is Founder/Director
of Shambhavi’s International School of Kathak. It has five branches in
India and USA with a staff of 15 teachers trained by Shambhavi.
"Sanjali Centre for Odissi dance"
A disciple of guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Odissi
dancer Sharmila Mukherjee teaches Odissi at her
own institute Sanjali in Bangalore, and Dance and
Movement at the Sheila Kothwala Institute for the
|Sharon Lowen |
"Manasa-Centre for Art without Frontiers"
Originally from Detroit, Odissi dancer Sharon Lowen is settled in Delhi
for the past 25 years. She is also well versed in Seraikella Chhau,
Mayurbhanj Chhau and Manipuri.
"Amritanjali School of Bharatanatyam"
Shashikala Ravi, founder and director of
Amritanjali School of Bharatanatyam, Pune, is one
of the senior disciples of late guru Swarna
Saraswathy. At Amritanjali, students are also
trained in theory of dance and encouraged to take
up exams conducted by recognized boards like
Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalay Mandal.
Sondra Fraleigh, professor directs the East-West
Institute for Somatic Movement Education and
|"Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti Bhagavata Mela
Natya Nataka Sangam"
S Natarajan, President and Chairman of the Sri
Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti Bhagavata Mela Natya
Nataka Sangam, Melattur, belongs to a family of
great men who owed their life to the preservation
and promotion of the rare theatrical art-form, the
Bhagavata Mela, a Telugu Heritage in Tamil
country. The tradition of Bhagavata Mela natakams
of Tamil Nadu employed the art of music and dance
in rich flavour using themes from "Srimad
Bhagavatam" and other "Puranams" to extol the
principle of Bhakti. The annual Bhagavata Mela
Nataka Utsav is organised every mid-summer in the
sannidhi of Lord Sri Varadaraja, the presiding
deity of the village, on the occasion of Sri
|"Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation"
S Surendranath, S Amarnath and S Aparna
Named after their foster parents, philanthropists Sumukhi and
Rajasekharan, 'The Mylapore Trio' of S Surendranath, S Amarnath and S
Aparna set up the Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation in 2003
at Chennai, to contribute towards enriching Indian art and culture
through children, youth and elders by inculcating in them value based
culture, tradition and heritage programs. The trio trained in
Kalakshetra where they had their full-fledged holistic education besides
learning dance, music and other arts.
India's premier Music and Dance magazine.
|L Subhasri (Srividhya)
Apart from playing the veena as a dance
accompaniment, she now does Nattuvangam also for
renowned dancers in India and abroad.
"Kala Vandanam Dance Company"
Trained in the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam
for 25 years, Suchitra Sairam founded Kala
Vandanam Dance Company in 2003 in St. Paul, MN.
She served on the Board of Directors for the
Center for Independent Artists in Minneapolis for
over 6 years, including 5 years as Chair.
|Sudarshan Chakravorty |
"Sapphire Creations Dance Workshop"
Sapphire Creations Dance Workshop is a premier experimental dance
company based in Kolkata. Started in August 1992, a group of young minds
led by Sudarshan Chakravorty came together to grow from a youthful
venture to a dynamic contemporary modern dance ensemble. Sapphire is a
pioneer of the LINK THE ARTS movement that is celebrated biennially
through INTERFACE, the International Festival of Alternative and
A trained Manipuri dancer and soloist of repute,
Kolkata based Suman Sarawgi was initiated into
dance and movement therapy by her mentor Priti
Patel. Suman is also a core member of the Calcutta
Chapter of the World Dance Alliance.
Where you can hear the Sounds of Sydney and read
about all events, news and reviews on Indian
classical arts of music, dance and poetry in
"Sunanda's Performing Arts Center"
Dr.Sunanda Nair, a disciple of Mohiniattam guru Dr.Kanak Rele, is the
first student in India to have a Masters degree in Mohiniattam from
Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya. She is also trained in Kathakali and
Bharatanatyam. Sunanda runs her school Sunanda's Performing Arts Center
(SPARC) in Texas.
Dr Sunil Kothari is a leading dance historian,
scholar, author and critic of Indian classical
dances. Currently a Vice President of the World
Dance Alliance, Asia Pacific, South Asia,
representing India Member of the Executive
Committee of International Dance Council , UNESCO,
Rasadhwani was established in 1991 at Ahmedabad,
to promote excellence in the field of
Bharatanatyam. In 1995, Rasadhwani became the
first Gujarat dance school to be affiliated to
Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai and so
become eligible for imparting their 7-year Diploma
"Uma Dogra’s School of Kathak Dance"
Based in Mumbai, Kathak exponent and teacher Uma Dogra, disciple of Pt.
Durgalal, runs her dance school Uma Dogra’s School of Kathak Dance. The
Samved Society for Performing Arts came into existence in 1990 with
eminent artistes and lovers of the art.
"Kalasagara, Academy of Fine Arts"
Bharatanatyam dancer Usha Raghavan gives
workshops, lecture demonstrations and performances
in addition to master classes in London.
"Ranan", "The Pickle Factory"
Vikram Iyengar is a dancer, choreographer, theatre director, performing
arts researcher and writer, arts manager and curator based in Kolkata.
He is co-founder (with Debashree Bhattacharya) of the Kathak-based
performance company Ranan and initiator of The Pickle Factory - a hub
for the practice, discourse and presentation of dance and movement-based
work in India. The Pickle Factory aims to be an anchor around which
such a community, area and city can come to life, part of an
international network of vital and vibrant arts spaces.
vikramiyengar.in / picklefactory.in / rananindia.com
"Shambavi School of Dance", Bangalore
Established in 1993 by Founder Director Vyjayanthi
Kashi, Shambhavi School of Dance offers classes in
Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, folk, and Martial Arts.
It is one of its kind that offers a unique healing
therapy through the medium of dance for the
emotionally disturbed, depressed, physically
handicapped and mentally retarded students.
Kuchipudi dancer trained by Dr. Vempati Chinna
Satyam, Vempati Ravi Shankar.
Yogini Gandhi performs both styles, Kathak &
Odissi, with equal dexterity and virtuosity. To
propagate and nurture Indian music and dance in
the right perspective, Yogini has established
Kalanidhi, an institute for the promotion of
Indian art and culture, at Pune.