|"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.
"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
"Drishti Art Centre"
Drishti Art Centre located at Sahakarnagar, Bangalore is a premier
Bharatanatyam dance institute founded by Anuradha Vikranth in September
2001. Drishti Art Foundation was awarded the National Education
Excellence Award 2019 as the Best Classical Dance Training Institute, by
the National Press Council of India and the Newspapers Association of
Karnataka. Drishti National Dance Festival, organized annually from
2006, is one of the premier events in Bengaluru.
|"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.
|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
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
"Divya Kasturi Company"
UK based Divya Kasturi is trained in Bharatanatyam and Kathak, in
Western contemporary dance and has studied choreography modules at
masters level. Divya is also a classical vocalist. She is currently a
QuestLab artist with Studio Wayne McGregor. She founded a cultural trust
in India in 2005, wherein art festivals are conducted annually in
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.
"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.
Art Vision was founded in 1996 at Bhubaneswar by Odissi and Chhau dancer
Ileana Citaristi, along with a group of artists belonging to different
disciplines such as dance, painting, cinema and literature who wanted a
common ground for sharing experiences and creative ideas. Art Vision
organizes festivals like Kalinga Mahotsav and Dance with the Camera.
"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.
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
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
"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 &
Mamata Niyogi-Nakra founded Kala Bharati, a Centre for Bharata Natya in
Montreal, Canada in 1981 to promote a better understanding of Indian
culture and people. The Bharata Natya technique follows the tradition of
the Pandanallur style.
"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
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
"Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance"
A disciple of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Odissi dancer Sharmila Mukerjee
teaches Odissi at her own institute Sanjali in Bangalore (founded in
2004). She has worked closely with hearing impaired children by teaching
dance and movement therapy and also choreographed and directed many
productions with these children.
"Manasa- Art without Frontiers"
Sharon Lowen is one of the most highly respected exponents of Odissi,
Manipuri and both Mayurbhanj and Seraikella Chhau. Originally from
Detroit, Sharon Lowen is settled in Delhi. As a performing artist,
scholar, teacher, writer and organizer, she has dedicated her life to
improving the appreciation and understanding of Indian dance traditions
in India and abroad. Inaugurated in 1995, Manasa-Art Without Frontiers
aims to facilitate the intersections between visual, performing and
other art forms, both traditional and contemporary.
"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"
Late S.Natarajan of Melattur belonged 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
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.
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.
"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.