“Everytime I dance, I turn into a better version of me”

Nitya Narasimhan, is an upcoming dancer whose tryst with bharatanatyam began at the tender age of 4. She currently resides and practices out of California, USA. She has started the “Prayukti Academy for Indian Arts” in the Bay Area with the hope of creating a platform for quality Indian Art Education and propagation.

Nitya travels to India for her dance training and is pursuing bharatanatyam under the guidance of  Guru Rukmini Vijayakumar, Raadha Kalpa Dance Company, Bangalore. In her formative years, she trained under under Guru Suma Mani, Chennai. A graceful, enthusiastic and passionate dancer, Nitya completed her arangetram (debut, solo performance) in the year 2003.

Nitya’s interest and passion for movement and dance led her to pursue the Post Diploma program in Movement Arts and Media from the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, where she graduated with honors. She is currently pursuing Art of Teaching at the Iyengar Institute of Yoga, San Francisco. She has performed in various podiums and dance festivals both in the US as well as India and is a seasonal performer in the Chennai Marghazi dance festivities.

Nitya’s love for the arts also got her involved with the LshVa Art Space, Bangalore for over 2 years where she played an integral role as an Art Manager in organizing various art events, festivals, classes and workshops. This led to interactions with many artists and propagating the role of arts to the community. She also worked as the Programming Director of the Raadha Kalpa Dance Company in this period and handled all of the company’s foreign and local tours and programs.

Her dedication to dance, thirst to learn and constant efforts to grow as an artist is reflected through her unwavering self motivation and incessant practice hours. She believes strongly in upholding and passing on the traditional values of Bharatanatyam while still making it connect with the common audience.