Our Director

Jayashree Rajagopalan

Jayashree Rajagopalan


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Mumbai – 400 022.

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Nrithyodaya Academy


Solo/ Duet recitals

  • Raamam Bhaje Shyamalam - Multi lingual presentation eulogizing Lord Rama

  • Shambho Mahadeva – Multi lingual presentation extolling the supreme power of Lord Shiva in his various manifestations.

  • Hari Charitam - Multi lingual presentation bringing out the various forms of Bhakti towards Lord Krishna.

  • Anandaanubhavam - Experiencing bliss through dance- This presentation in Bharata Nrityam style follows the technique of synthesising swara or musical notes with dance movements so as to convey any feeling or emotion in its most holistic manner. This is a multi-lingual presentation using both Carnatic (South Indian) and Hindustani (North Indian) ragas.

  • Dashavatara - depicting the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu

Dance Dramas: (group of 6 or more)

  • Abhijnana Shakuntalam -of Kavi Kalidasa in the original Sanskrit natakam, performed as a dance-drama following the ancient Indian Sanskrit Theatre with music, dance and dialogue.

  • Seeta Swayamvaram and Paduka Pattabhishekham -dance-drama in Tamil, from Ramanatakam of Arunachala Kavirayar.

  • Mahavir Janmabhishek – dance-drama in Gujarati presenting the birth of Lord Mahavira, and the dream of Trishala Mata through verses culled from the works of well-known Jain poets.

  • Bhakta Sakha Vittala - in Marathi showcases the miracles of Panduranga Vitthala of Pandarpur, the true friend of his devotees, performed to the soul-stirring Abhangs of the Maharashtrian Sants.

  • Krishnasya Dasosmyaham – episodes from the life of Saint Purandara Dasa and Kanaka Dasa showing their transformation and surrender at the feet of the Lord.

  • Markandeya Chritram - A Marathi dance drama written by the Tanjavur Maratha King, Shahaji Maharaj, depicting the story of Markandeya and how he became immortal by the grace of Lord Shiva.

  • Chandalika – A dance drama in Hindi, a translation of the original Bengali of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore dealing with the social issue of Untouchability during his period.

Thematic Presentations: (group of 6 or more)

  • Descent of the Ganges – This is a thematic multi – lingual presentation which shows the origin of Ganga from Swarga Loka to Deva Loka till her descent to Bhu Loka and Pataala Loka. The production brings out the wonderful story of Ganga through a combination of Classical Bharata Nrityma and Western Ballet.

  • Ritu Ranjan - in Hindi, a colourful portrayal of the six seasons of India unfolding the beauty of nature’s own changing canvases.

  • Ponnolir Bharatam - in Tamil, a compilation from the patriotic outpourings of the great poet from Tamil Nadu, Sri Subramanyan Bharati on, ‘the Golden India’ he envisaged.

  • Surya - the Lord of Makara Sankranti – He is depicted as the Vedic God, the creator of the various seasons and the sustainer of life.


  • Kumara Sambhava - of Kalidasa in the original Sanskrit kavya, unfolds the efforts made by the Gods to bring Siva and Parvati in wedlock so that their offspring Kumara would destroy the demon menace.

  • Dasavatara of Swati Tirunal in Sanskrit.

  • Shambho Mahadeva - group ensemble extolling the supreme power of Lord Shiva in his various manifestations.

  • Gopika Geetam from Bhagavatam in Sanskrit which portrays the lovelorn gopikas pining for their Lord, culminating in the Maha - Raas of Sri Krishna.

  • Kamayani – by Jaishankar Prasad in Hindi, a powerful dance drama playing on personification of the abstract emotions of mankind - showing the gamut of emotional struggle that man goes through till he is elevated by self realisation and detachment.

  • Karpura Vasantarayalu of Shri Narayana Reddy (Telugu) portrays the writing of a version of Natya Sastra in Andhra Desha by Raja Vasantaraya at the inspiration of a great danseuse Lakuma.

  • Apurva Stri Samvaad -The Ramayana seen mostly from the male perspective, has an overpowering female dominance underlying its storyline. Apurva Stri Samvaad is a dance drama which brings out the unique conversations between powerful women characters from the Ramayana. This dance drama brings out rare dialogues between Sumitra and Urmila, Tara and Roma (wives of Bali and Sugriva) and stories of the other lesser dominant female roles, which verily form the important links of the Ramayana.

  • Cholarin Nritya Kanavu - The Chola Vision of Dance - The south of India reached the zenith of its cultural activities under the sovereignty of the Chola kings rightfully acclaiming the title of Golden age under their reign. The Cholas were not only politically invincible but also philosophically and culturally so foresighted that they left their indelible marks in the form of temples that preserved, nourished and propagated the greatest art of dance. This dance presentation forms a historical visual essay bringing out the various aspects of their patronage and contribution in the Desi dance of the Devadasis and the Marga technique of the Karanas of Natyasastra.

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