Summer Bharata Natyam Workshop

Master classes with Indira Kadambi, Sheejith Krishna and Jyothi Krishna


Dakshina is pleased to announce an 8 day long summer Bharata Natyam intensive that is comprehensive in scope. Advanced (Arengetram level) dancers will have the unique opportunity to hone their technique, work with leading master teachers, learn two new dances, music and nattuvangam.

Work with leading dancers, choreographers, and musicians Indira Kadambi (dance), Sheejith Krishna (dance), and Jyothi Krishna (vocal music) in an intimate setting. Two-Three Bharata Natyam dances will be taught during the workshop. Dancers must be strong technically, be able to work independently (parents are not allowed in the studio), and comfortable learning in a fast paced group environment.

There will be two workshops spanning 8 days, one session during the afternoons and one session during the evenings. Each session will learn at least two dances–more if the group is able to work on their own and master the material taught. If you attend both workshop sessions, you will learn four dances at a minimum during the week. So come prepared for some intense mind, body, vocal, and nattuvangam training.

Venue TBA

Preliminary schedule is as follows:

Session I

Sunday July 27th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm Sheejith Krishna
3:00 pm to 5 pm Indira Kadambi

Monday July 28th through Friday August 1st
12:00 to 2:00 Indira Kadambi
2:00 to 3:30 Sheejith Krishna
3:30 to 3:45 break
3:45 to 5:00 Jyothi Krishna and Sheejith Krishna (Nattuvangam and Vocal)

Saturday August 2nd
8:30 am to 10:30 am Sheejith Krishna
10:00 am to 11:30 am Indira Kadambi

Sunday August 3rd
10 am to 11:30 am Sheejith Krishna
11:30 to 1:00 pm Indira Kadambi

Session II

Sunday July 27th
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Sheejith Krishna
5:00 pm to 7 pm Indira Kadambi

Monday July 28th through Friday August 1st
5:30 to 7:30 pm Indira Kadambi
7:30 to 9:15 pm Sheejith Krishna
9:15 to 9:30 break
9:30 to 10:30 Jyothi Krishna and Sheejith Krishna (Nattuvangam and Vocal)

Saturday August 2nd
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Sheejith Krishna
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Indira Kadambi

Sunday August 3rd
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Sheejith Krishna
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Indira Kadambi


Session I regular registration = $500 (deadline has passed)June 30
Session I late registration = $625 (after June 30)

Session II (evenings) regular registration = $500 (deadline has passed) June 30
Session II (evenings) late registration = $625 (after June 30)

Both sessions regular registration ($60 discount) = $940 (deadline has passed) June 30
Both sessions late registration ($50 discount) = $1200 (after June 30)


Indira Kadambi 300 widthA brilliant performer, a sensitive, innovative and intelligent choreographer, Indira Kadambi has carved a niche for herself as one of the excellent exponents of Bharata Natyam today. Natural grace and flexibility, a great sense of rhythm, chiseled movements and expressive artful interpretations make Indira one of the finest performing artistes. Her abiding commitment, integrity and passion for the art give a sheen to her recitals.

Indira is an outstanding disciple of Smt Usha Datar, Natyavisharada Narmada and Padmabhusan Smt Kalanidhi Narayanan. She had her training in Mohiniattam in Kerala under Smt Kalyanikuttiamma and Carnatic Vocal music from Shri Belakwadi Srinivasa Iyengar. For her valuable contribution to the art field, Indira has been honored with Natya Shantala Award
from Karnataka Aryabhatta Cultural Association and Outstanding Senior Dancer Award from Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai. She is an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India. She has traveled widely in India and in UK, USA, Germany, France, Holland, Austria, Malaysia. Reviews in the papers, interviews for the various Radio, Television networks and the press have brought her art more recognition.

Sheejith KrishnaSheejith Krishna is a riveting performer with the ability to create entire worlds out of thin air and transport audiences into them, Sheejith has played significant lead roles in almost all of Kalakshetra Repertory’s ensemble productions to critical and popular acclaim. These include Lord Rama, the hero, and, the villain, Ravana, both roles he made his own in Kalakshetra’s monumental six-part Ramayana series. Critics have repeatedly noted his immaculate nritta and sense of laya, and the wide-ranging emotional canvas of his abhinaya. Sheejith has performed in major venues all over India, as well as in North America, Europe, and Asia. He received the prestigious national award, the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, from the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2006, and the Yagnaraman Award for Excellence in Dance in 2010.

While at Kalakshetra, Sheejith directed, choreographed, and starred in the trailblazing ensemble production Masquerade, a dance-drama based on Alexandre Dumas’s Man in the Iron Mask. His first large-scale choreographic excursion which premiered in 2007, Masquerade is close to Sheejith’s heart. The dance-drama was his brainchild from start to finish, in all aspects of production from choreography and music to set, costume, and lighting design. It signals a complete departure from Kalakshetra’s existing performance oeuvre, being the first Kalakshetra dance-drama based on a secular, western narrative. However, Masquerade remains true to the Kalakshetra spirit of innovation-in-tradition in its overall aesthetic, and in its path-breaking use of the conventions of classical Bharatanatyam and Carnatic raga-s played on western classical instruments to represent an entirely foreign culture, period, and ethos.

JyothishmathiKrishnaJyothishmathi Sheejith Krishna is an accomplished Carnatic vocalist and composer who received her postgraduate diploma in music from the Kalakshetra Foundation in 1997. She has sung in the lead for many classic Kalakshetra Repertory ensemble dance productions. As an independent artist, she has toured with illustrious Bharatanatyam dancers such as CV Chandrasekkar, VP and Shanta Dhananjayan, Leela Samson, and Malavika Sarukkai. Jyothishmathi has composed several musical scores for dance as an individual artist and in partnership with dancer-choreographer husband Sheejith Krishna. Their innovative and critically lauded collaborations include Masquerade (2007), Krishna Bharatam (2009), and Parinaamam (2010). She is a sought after vocalist for dancers for her nuanced, emotion laden, and sensitive rendering of the lyrics making the music the perfect foil for the dancer to interpret and develop into layered abhinaya (narrative) items where melody and movement dance as one.


**If the workshop is canceled due to circumstances beyond Dakshina’s control, Dakshina will refund the workshop fees. Dakshina is not liable for any other expenses you may have incurred.**