Dance Collective

Prayukti Arts is an initiative started in 2017, to nurture, promote and retain Indian Art and Culture in the Bay Area. Under the artistic direction of Nitya Narasimhan, The dance collective is a venture to bring together like minded bodies and weave stories in space through the Bharatanatyam vocabulary.

ABOUT the Collective

The Prayukti Art Collective primarily consists of the senior disciples of the Prayukti Academy. The dancers undergo consistent and regular intensive training, aligning themselves both physically and mentally to the ideologies of the Bharatanatyam dance form, while retaining their individuality

The collective aspires to create meaningful traditional work which is relevant to changing modern times.


The Alarippu (meaning flowering bud) is traditionally the first dance piece that Bharatanatyam dancers learn and perform. It usually comes in a set format with variations of base rhythm. This piece takes the idea of a woman as a flowering bud and deconstruct the traditional Alarippu while keeping its structure and ideology intact. “Alar” meaning flower and “ippu” meaning lowering or bringing down. Drawing the parallel of a woman as a flower, this piece explores the many ways in which society brings women down and how she chooses to blossom despite the hardships that comes her way.

Past performances

The Prayukti Collective has been part of many shows across the Bay Area since its conception.

  • Cleveland Thyagaraja Utsavam 2019, as part of the Periyava Pancharatnam
  • Madhuvana 2018 – A classical dance production on the many joys instilled by Krishna
  • The group has also presented numerous smaller presentations in events for Tamil Sangam, Sunnyvale Hindu Temple, Livermore Shiva Vishnu Auditorium and Maithri.

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