“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 and travels to India for her training and performances. She is the artistic director of the “Prayukti Arts“, a forum to nurture quality Indian Art education and propagation in the Bay Area.

Nitya is a graceful, nimble and expressive solo performer who regularly presents her work across podiums and festivals both in the US and India, some of the most noteworthy ones being – Yuva Bharati, Bay Area ; Harmony Live Music and Dance Festival, Chicago ; HHII Dance Festival, Santa Barbara ; Brahma Gana Sabha ; Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Chennai ; Cleveland Thyagaraja Utsav ; Navatman Baithak Series. Her solo productions “Maathe” and “Aatmavan” premiered in the Bay Area and were presented in multiple locations after. She received the Dancers Group CA$H grant in 2020 as a funding towards her new solo production set to premier in 2021. Nitya is also a social media influencer and has curated and been part of many virtual endeavours nourishing and sharing her art.

Nitya founded the “Prayukti Collective”, a forum through which she hopes to create community programs and further the vision of Prayukti Arts. In this regard, she has curated and presented a Lecture Demonstration series called “The Essence of Indian Arts” in numerous forums across the Bay Area to a wide spectrum of audience. She organizes annual Yoga Day gatherings and has initiated a new series called “Satsang – A sharing”,  for artists across all genres to have a safe space to share work in progress and receive constructive feedback. She has also created ensemble work through the Prayukti Collective and presented “Deflowering” – a breakdown of the traditional Alarippu, speaking of women abuse, oppression, inequality, bias for the Broad Statements Dance Festival. The Prayukti collective has also presented a lot of traditional repertoire across the Bay Area as part of its community outreach program.

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.

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 mainstream audience.