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    Anita Ratnam and Arangham - A user-friendly site on this powerful artist, her background, versatile career as well as The Arangham Trust and its scope. Click on the "Shopping" icon to get details of her excellent Dance directory, "Narthaki II".

    Mrinalini Sarabhai's Darpana Academy of Performing Arts - 1999 is the 50th anniversary of the Darpana Academy, which was founded by the living legend, Mrinalini Sarabhai at home (to the annoyance of her in-laws!) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Darpana offers training in music, puppetry and theatre as well. Mrinalini's very versatile and talented daughter, Mallika Sarabhai is also highly involved in the running of Darpana. One of the best sites on a Dance School I have seen so far.

    Aangikam Dance Company - This dance school teaches Manipuri, Bharata Natyam and folk dances of India. It is run by Jasmine Shah, and is based in New Hampshire, USA.

    Abhinay School of Dance - A site on The school which also features Jayalakshmi Eshwar (who trained under Rukmani Devi,) and has also learnt Odissi in New Delhi, India. The school wants to propagate Indian Culture and Art for disabled children. They also have links with a dance school in Texas, USA.

    Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New York (USA). - Institute of Indian Culture, USA. Based in NY the Bhavan offers training in Bharata Natyam, Kathak, folk dances, as well as Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Vocal Music and Indian Culture to children (!). A very good, up-to-date site on the New York Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

    Shoba Natarajan - Shoba Natarajan is a Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi dance exponent based in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She runs a Dance school, as well as a Summer training programme "Samskriti".

    Balasaraswati (1918-1984) - T.Balasaraswati (1918-1984). One of the last temple dancers of Bharata Natyam. A legend in her own right.

    Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London (U.K.) - A centre for learning Indian dances (Kathak, Bharata Natyam), Indian languages (Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Tamil), Indian Music (Hindustani, Carnatic and Bengali), Indian Instruments (Sitar, Table, Veena, Mridangam, Flute, Violin) as well as other classes (Yoga, Indian Architecture) in London, U.K.

    Chidambaram: R. Visweswaran & Chitra Visweswaran - A couple based in Madras, India. Their school, Chidambaram, offers Bharata Natyam dance training by Chitra Visweswaran, a leading artist of Bharata Natyam dance. Her dance style is a comination of what she calls 'the best of Pandanallur, Vazhuvur, and the Mysore styles'. Her husband, R. Visweswaran is an excellent Carnatic vocal artist and is also the topmost Santoor disciple of the Santoor legend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.

    Shri Krupa Dance Foundation - A dance school founded in 1992 by Guru Vishal Ramani in San Jose, USA. Includes upcoming events, general information, classes, productions and related links.

    Abhinaya Dance Company - Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose is a professional dance company dedicated to promoting, propagating, and perpetuating the traditional dance forms of South India through quality education and creative performances in the SF Bay Area.

    Nritalika Dance Academy - Offers courses in Indian classical and modern Dance. It also publishes a newspaper on Dance.

    Kalakshetra - A write-up on Kalakshetra with links to other Art India sites.

    Nritya Rangam--Manipuri, Kathak and Bharata Natyam dance school. - Nritya Rangam is a school in Hyattsville, MD,(USA) giving training in Manipuri, Kathak and Bharata Natyam dances. The Artistic Director and founder is Guru Moirangthem Nabaghana Shyam Singha.

    Natya Nilayam and Radha Ganesan - Bharata natyam school in Maryland, USA.

    Sampradaya Dance - Sampradaya Dance Academy and Sampradaya Dance Creations run by choreographer Lata Pada in Canada.

    Nrityagram: Surupa Sen speaks - Read this excellent interview of the artistic director (as well as dancer), Surupa Sen of the famous Nrityagram school (founded by Protima Gauri Bedi) outside Bangalore, India. The school offers training in Mohiniattam, Kathak and Odissi

    Ragamala Music and Dance Theater - A dance school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ragamala Music and Dance Theater presents dance, music and poetry, blending the East and West in unique and innovative programs that reflect the multicultural world in which we live.

    Ramaa Bharadvaj and Angahara Ensemble - Ramaa Bharadvaj - eminent dancer, brilliant choreographer, and teacher/educator of Indian Classical Dance (Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi). Also the Artistic Director of the Angahara Ensemble based in Yorba Linda, California, USA.

    Leela Prabhu Theater Arts - Classical Theater of India - Based in Minnesota, USA, the Leela Prabhu Theater Arts (LPTA)is a non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of classical dance and drama that originated in the Indian sub-continent.

    Pratima Gauri Bedi - Read about Pratima Gauri Bedi and her Odissi school, NRITYAGRAM in the "We Salute" section.

    Ramli Ibrahim - Sutra Dance Theatre - Sutra is the Dance school run by Ramli Ibrahim a Malaysian who is a well known dancer of Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Ballet and modern dance. His guru is Padmashri Adyar from madras, India, and he has also learnt under Nala Najan and Indrani, both in the USA. Some lovely pictures!

    Vidyanjali - A twenty-five year old organization started by Vaideeshwar and Jaya Doraiswamy in Canada with goals to promote and glorify the Indian arts, cultures and traditions. Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak and folk dances are taught.

    Lasya Dance Company - Established in the 1998 by its Artistic Director Vidhya Sridhar to promote, preserve and propagate the ancient art of Bharatanatyam.

    The Dancing People - Shagun Butani's dance company.

    Padmabhushan Sonal Mansingh - Includes awards, choreography, festivals, reviews, and articles.

    Sudharani Ragupathy and Shree Bharatalaya - Shree Bharatalaya was founded in 1970 in Mylapore, Madras, India by Sudharani Raghupathy, Madurai N. Krishnan and K.Soundararaja Iyengar. They believe in "Art for Art's Sake" (what a breath of fresh air!). Sudharani is my personal favourite dancer as well!

    Om Linga Performing Art Center - Based in LA, CA, USA. Artistic Director: Easwer G. Ganesh. Good lay-out.

    Kay Poursine's Home Page - Read about Kay Poursine who trained in dance and music in USA and India from 1972 to 1983 under the guidance of the late T. Balasaraswati. She offers classes in Connecticut, USA.

    Why go to Nrityagram? - Reasons why several girls left their homes to dance with "Gaurima" at Nrityagram.

    Vahini Nirthiyalaya - Bharata natyam Dance school based in Canada since 1990 under Sureka Radhakrishnan of Kalakshetra.

    Kala Samarpana - Kuchipudi and Bharata Natyam dance school founded in 1969, based in Madras. Narasimhachari and Vasanthalakshmi, Founder-Director of Kala Samarpana foundation. Narasimhachari is a rare combination of a music composer, choreographer,singer, nattuvanar, mridangam player, concert musician, dancer and a highly respected Guru.

    Saundaryalahari School of dance. - Kuchipudi dance school in Chennai.

    Raja and Radha Reddy - A great site on Raja & Radha Reddy, world famous Kuchipudi Dancers as well as their dance school Natya Tarangini.

    Mamata Shankar Ballet TroupeĀ  - MAMATA SHANKAR BALLET TROUPE - A Calcutta based dance institute engaged in teaching and performing choreographic presentations on various contemporary themes and folk forms based on the Uday Shankar style.

    Kalabhavan - Based in Ernakulam this institute teaches all forms of art as well as dance.

    Ruby Mishra - Ruby Mishra is a famous Kathak dancer, had performed in India and aboard. She is now runnung her own dance training school.

    Nrityanjali: Offering classical and some folk dances - The Institute of Music, Dance, Dramatics & Personality Development. Members from different walks of life, four generations working together for social service, music, dance and dramatics under Guru Shri Tushar Guha.

    Kalakshetra - The famous dance school founded by Rukmini Arundale, in Adiyar, Madras.

    Stem Dance Theatre - STEM Dance Theatre is a well known performing unit which has performed at prestigious national/international festivals, headed by Kathak danseuse/ choreographer Madhu Nataraj Heri.

    Kerala Dance Theatre - Presenting the performing arts of Kerala, India

    Ashavari Dance School - Read about this school of Kathak based in USA and India. The site is maintained by Gargi.

    Samskriti - Center for Bharatanatyam & Kuchipudi dance in Chicago, IL - Artistic Director: Shoba Natarajan Based in Chicago, IL, Samskriti is devoted to promoting the art forms of India, especially classical dance and music through classes, Gurukulam summer camps, touring workshops, and performances.

    Darpan Dance Academy - Based in Texas, U.S.A. and founded by Chetna Raniga. Offering classes in both choreography and dance training. Incorporating techniques from Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Folk, and Modern dance as well as elements from yoga.

    Niharika - Discover Niharika- Odissi dance, the famed Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, and other interesting facts.

    Jasmine Simhalan - Contemporary Dancer With Kalarippayattu, Bharathanatyam and Mohiniyattam background.

    Kala Chhaya Homepage - Kala-Chhaya is an institute founded in the year 1965 by Smt. Prabha Marathe- Senior Disciple of the Kathak Maestro Pt.Birju Maharaj- to bring the rich heritage of North Indian Classical Dance form, Kathak to Maharashtra.

    Kala Sadhanalaya - A dance institution dedicated to the training & performance of Bharatanatyam in the Melattur style in Chennai, India.

    Satyavani's Home Page - Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi teacher based in Bay Area (San Francisco)USA.

    Venkatesha Natya Mandir - Founded by Radha Sridhar in 1973 in Bangalore. Recognised by Govt. of Karnatka

    Shreelata Suresh - Information on Shreelata Suresh, a disciple of Vijayantamala Bali. Includes her contribution to dance.

    Center for World Music: Balasaraswati Page - Brief write-up on Balasaraswati with some rare pictures of her.

    Bharathi Kalalaya's web home - A fine arts institution/school dedicated to Performing Arts in Indian Music and Dance based in Fremont, California USA.

    Maya Menon - Dance teacher at a school in North Carolina, USA. She has had training under the Dhananjayans of Madras, India.

    Purvi Sheth - A Bharatanatyam dancer.

    Ellora Center for Performing Arts - Founded by Guru Rema Shrikant. The school is based in Baroda, India and teaches Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam.

    Dhananjayans and Bhaaskara - The dance school of the famous dance couple, VP and Shanta Dhananjayan, based in Madras India.

    Rajika Puri - Portfolio and Writings - Writings, teachings, performance methodologies and promotion for Rajika Puri.

    Nrityanjali AcademyKalarpana - Kalarpana founded by dancer and actress Shobana, is dedicated to the propagation of the classical arts.

    Shagun Butani's Home Page - Shagun Butani has learnt Kathakali and Bharata Natyam, buther passion is Odissi.

    Ellora Center for Performing Arts - The objectives of Ellora Center for Performing Arts are to promote the cause of all dance forms, such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and others; and to provide infrastructure and training facilities necessary for performers to improve in their art.

    Chandralekha - Chandralekha: Read about this creative dancer who always manages to upset the more traditional rasikas in the crowd.

    Sharon Lowen - Very insightful interview with Sharon Lowen of Detroit, USA who is leading Odissi dancer.

    Madhavi Mudgal - Padmashri Madhavi Mudgalis one of the most popular Odissi exponent of India

    Reela Hota - Home Page - One of the popular young exponents of Odissi

    Kala Chethena Kathakali Company - A Kathakali troupe, founded in 1987, based in the UK. Tour details for end 1999. Good site and pictures.

    Srividhya Raman - Bharatanatyam performances and classes in Atlanta, GA.

    Leela Samson - Padmashri Leela Samson is one of the most popular Bharata Natyam exponent of India

    The Lady Atop India's Top Arts Academy - About the history of Shree Bharatalaya and Sudharani Raghupathy's early beginnings.

    Bharati Shivaji - Padmashri Bharati Shivaji is one of the most popular Mohini Attam exponents of India

    Swapana Sundari - Padmashri Swapna Sundari is one of the most popular Kuchipudi exponents of India

    Yamini Krishnamurthi - Padmabhushan Yamini Krishnamurthi is a veteran in the world of Indian arts.

    Anjana Rajan - Disciple of Rukmini Devi Arundale of Kalakshetra. A fine exponent of Bharata Natyam

    Sonal Mansingh - Padmabhushan Sonal Mansingh is one of the top ranking Odissi and Bharata Natyam guru and exponents

    An article of the Late Protima Gauri - an article on Protima by dancer Anjana Rajan

    Dance schools in the USA - A list of Indian dance schools in the USA.

    Savithri Arts Academy - Savithri Arts Academy is founded by Dr. Sinduri and offers Bharathanatyam & Kuchipudi style Indian Classical dance lessons in Arcadia & Norwalk.


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