Indira Kadambi & Sheejith Krishna’s Bharata Natyam Recital

Thursday July 31st at 7 pm
Washington Ballet Studios
3515 Wisconsin Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20016

Dakshina is pleased to present an intimate chamber recital with Indira Kadambi and Sheejith Krishna. The two performers and master teachers are leading a week long workshop for advanced Bharata Natyam dancers in the area. We are grateful they have agreed to offer this short performance for us. Please RSVP by emailing

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.