determination or will and signifies the constant striving for
perfection that I am engaged in as an artist and as a teacher.
Every moment when I dance, I feel truly alive.
My mind creates and recreates emotional responses, while my
limbs move through space arching for perfect synchronization.
And through it all, I delve into the depths of my being,
testing every fiber of my mental and physical strength.
Dance, to me, is as much a journey outwards as I reach out to
the audience members, as it is about me learning about myself.
The art form of Bharatanatyam is a highly
communicative art, blending beautifully to express modern ideas
within a traditional framework. Whether it is a modern day poem that talks about nurturing
the environment, or whether it is a 19th century poem on a lovelorn
maiden, the dance form comes alive with incredible elasticity,
supplying appropriate gestures and facial expressions that help
create powerful impressions in the audience.
choreograph and present traditional dance programs where
several themes are dealt with in a given program. I
also love doing theme-based work where I research, choose
songs, and choreograph the pieces for presentation.
alive traditions within the art form is important to me.
Having trained under great Gurus myself, I constantly feel a
responsibility to cultivate a love for this art form in my students,
setting high standards for them all the time. I focus on
teaching my students good technique and an overall sound framework
for understanding and performing abhinaya, the art of facial
I teach this dance form in America, I find myself conveying Indian
traditions and beliefs to my students, providing them a context
through which they can understand the particulars of the song and
the meaning that they are asked to convey. Teaching
re-validates my passion and love for dance every single day.