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Aditi Dhruv

is a contemporary and Indian classical dancer working in New York for over 20 years. She received Bharathanatyam training in Houston, Texas and in Chennai, India. She studies Odissi at the acclaimed Nrityagram village in India. She has worked with New York-based companies such as Parijat Desai Dance Company, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Thresh Dance, Janaki Patrik/Kathak Ensemble and Trainor Dance, performing internationally and at US- venues such as Jacob's Pillow, Danspace at St. Marks Church, Henry Street Settlement and Riverside Church. She is also a certified yoga teacher through Yoga Union.




Kadhambari Sridhar

has been learning Indian classical dance for the past fifteen years and is currently training in Bharatanatyam under Guru Malini Srinivasan. Under her Guru, she did her Arangetram (debut) performance in February 2017 and continues to perform with Malini Srinivasan and Dancers in venues globally.  In 2013, she was part of Being Becoming, a Bharatanatyam production that premiered in the International Fringe Festival in New York City and toured Switzerland and Chicago. Most recently, she performed at the Winter Garden's festival of Tibet and India in 2016. Growing up in India, Kadhambari trained in Kuchipudi under Guru Shailaja Prasad in Hyderabad. She has also choreographed and presented performance art, monologues, and storytelling in and around New York City. Kadhambari works in the field of global public health and resides in Washington, D.C. 


Karthiga Devi

began learning Bharatanatyam under Smt. Santha Baskar of Nrityalaya Arts Academy (Singapore) at the age of 6. After a five-year hiatus, Karthiga restarted her dance education at Bhakti Natya Niketan (Coimbatore, India) under Smt Karuna Sagari. Karthiga currently trains under Malini Srinivasan in New York City. Karthiga has been performing with Malini Srinivasan and Dancers at venues around New York City since 2016.

As a practitioner of Critical Performance Studies, Karthiga has written and performed various pieces that explicate how hybrid identities exist in hegemonic cultural locations. She draws inspiration from Arundhati Roy, Devika Chawla and other post-colonial writer-activists. Karthiga presents her work at academic venues around the US. Karthiga has a Master of Arts in Critical Communication Studies, and works as a human resources professional in the non-profit sector.


Dr. La’Toya Latney

has studied under Malini Srinivasan for nine years and completed her arangetram in 2015. Her deep appreciation for Bharatanatyam began as a child, however she began learning as an adult.  She also takes Carnatic vocal instruction to strengthen her grasp of the rhythmic beauty and complexity of the dance.  Since 2008, La’Toya has performed for several NYC cultural dance programs, including the NYC Fringe Festival, and has taken workshop intensives under world renowned Sri C.V. Chandrasekhar and Smt. Leela Samson. When she is not delightfully dancing in NYC weekly, Dr. Latney serves as Chief of Service and Attending veterinarian for the Exotic Animal Medicine Dept. at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital in Philadelphia.


Sloka Iyengar, PhD,

studied Bharatanatyam and Indian folk dance under Guru Smt. Maheshwari Nagarajan at the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Ahmedabad, India. After her Arangetram in 1995, she continued her dance studies and performed in various dance dramas, notably The Life of Jesus Christ, Dashavatara, and a Kuruvanji. She started studying with Guru Malini Srinivasan in New York in 2013, and has performed at venues around NYC.

Sloka is a neuroscientist, and works as a healthcare consultant at Boston Strategic Partners. She is a faculty member at the American Museum of Natural History; and teaches neuroscience to NYC middle-school students, and science communication to postdoctoral fellows at NYU. Sloka visits Capitol Hill to lobby for science funding, and in her spare time, loves to swim and take care of her many plants.


Tatyana Popova

hailing from Almaty, Kazakhstan, took her first steps towards her dancing career very early; she performed waltzes with the dance company “Emilia” at age six. She eventually graduated from the State Music and Dance Academy in Character Dance and Choreography in Kazakhstan. She received a five year scholarship from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to study Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra in Chennai, India. Thereafter, she graduated from the Academy of Flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance “Matilde Coral” in Spain. Including the U.S., Tatyana has worked in Russia, Central Asia, India, and Europe. She has also choreographed her own productions, most notably, “Las Andanzas del Capitan Girovagus,” named the best dance production of Barcelona by a major newspaper publication of Spain. Currently, Tatyana is  head teacher and choreographer at Bharathanatyam department in Nritya creations Academy , New Jersey. Tatyana is also guest teacher during the summer workshops at Joffrey ballet NYC, where sheis teaching character dance. Ms.Popova is certificated ballet instructor  from the prestigious  BBA Bolshoi Ballet Academy.


Samarth Nagarkar

is a Hindustani classical vocalist, known for his captivating performances and a traditionally rich music. Samarth features in prominent music festivals and venues in India and the US including The ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata; Chhandayan All Night Concert, The International Fringe Festival and The Drive East Festival, New York; Maverick Concerts, Woodstock; Ali Akbar College of Music and Basant Bahar, San Francisco; The Kashinath Bodas Music Festival, Phoenix; and Universities like Stanford, UPenn, UPitt and PSU. He has two albums titled ‘Pranali’ and ‘Pravah’ and a book, ‘Raga Sangeet’ to his credit. Samarth teaches at two prominent music schools in New York, and also teaches adjunct lectures and master-classes at schools/universities like MSM and NYU. Trained under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar and Pandit Dinkar Kaikini, he is a former scholar of the prestigious ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. He is also a recipient of a Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and a President’s Award for winning the All India Radio’s National Music Competition. Pursuing a full-fledged career as a performer, composer, teacher and author, Samarth is described by critics as one of today’s most prolific performers and a torchbearer of the traditions he represents.


Ganesh Ramachandran

(Purple)Ganesh's photographs celebrate and cherish the joy of human connections. Building on the narrative power of photography, Ganesh's work doesn't end with capturing the right moment, but begins where soulful images start relating to each other to tell their uniquely personal stories.

Ganesh has been interpreting the world through his lenses for more than 20 years, and has photographed world-renowned dancers and a wide range of performances in North America and in India. He is a 2011 winner of the Momentum: Images of Dance Photography Awards, and was the official photographer of Massachusetts Dance Festival in 2011.  He is currently working on a documentary project on the senior generation of Indian classical dance Gurus. His Guru-Shishya series has been exhibited as a solo show in Kalaa Utsavam 2013 - The Indian Festival of Arts in Singapore. |