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"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
"Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - The Drishtikon Dance Foundation"

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 classical.

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.

Anuradha Vikranth
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"
Uma Chetty

Bharatanatyam dancer Uma Chetty, disciple of Neila Sathyalingam (Apsaras Arts, Singapore), started the branch of Apsaras Arts in Richmond, Virginia in 2000.

"Arangham Trust"
Anita Ratnam
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...

Ashish Khokar
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 abroad. /

"Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore"
Jayachandran Palazhy
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.

Ayswaria Wariar
"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
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 Meitei.

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, Music). /

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.

Binayak Panda
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 Foundation.

Gajendra Panda
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.

Geeta Chandran
"Natya Vriksha"

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.

Hema Rajagopalan
"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.

Jai Govinda
"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.

Jhelum Paranjape
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 our times.

D Keshava and The Dance Group Kalasri
"Kalasri - School for Indian Dance and Yoga", Basel, Switzerland
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 Bern.

Lata Pada
"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 creations.

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 Krishna Iyer
provided by Lakshman Ragde, Canada

Madhu Nataraj
"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 & Choreography, Bangalore.

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 performing practices.

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 subjects.

Mythili Kumar
"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 classical music.

"Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography"
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 University).

"Natya Tarangini"
Drs. Raja and Radha Reddy, Kaushalya Reddy
Established 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
"Guru Shradha"
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
"Kala Pradarshini"
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
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

Priyadarshini Ghosh
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.

Rama Vaidyanathan
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 Vaidyanathan.

Ramya Harishankar
"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 her performances.

Saskia Kersenboom
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 India...

Shambhavi Dandekar
"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.

Sharmila Mukherjee
"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 Deaf.

Sharon Lowen
"Manasa- 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.

Shashikala Ravi
"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
Sondra Fraleigh, professor directs the East-West Institute for Somatic Movement Education and Therapy.

"Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti Bhagavata Mela Natya Nataka Sangam"
S Natarajan
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 Nrusimha Jayanti.

"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.

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L Subhasri (Srividhya)
Apart from playing the veena as a dance accompaniment, she now does Nattuvangam also for renowned dancers in India and abroad.

Suchitra Sairam
"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 Contemporary Expressions.

Suman Sarawgi
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.

Sumi Krishnan
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 Australia.

Sunanda Nair
"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.

Sunil Kothari
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, Paris.

Uma Anantani
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 course, Kovid.

Usha Raghavan
"Kalasagara, Academy of Fine Arts"
Bharatanatyam dancer Usha Raghavan gives workshops, lecture demonstrations and performances in addition to master classes in London.

Vikram Iyengar
"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. / /

Vyjayanthi Kashi
"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.

Yamini Saripalli
Kuchipudi dancer trained by Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, Vempati Ravi Shankar.

Yogini Gandhi
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.

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