Founded by Artistic Director Mythili Kumar in 1980
Created as a tuition-based dance school modeled after the rigorous dance training programs operated in India, Abhinaya’s four-tiered instructional program, now in its thirty-first year, annually provides training in classical South Indian dance to approximately 120 Indian American children ages 6 to adult. Classes are held in San Jose and Monte Sereno.
Non-profit organization in 1990
Because of the company’s artistic and budgetary growth, Abhinaya incorporated as a non-profit in 1990. Abhinaya has a 8 member board of directors, two full-time staff, several part-time staff, and a core group of volunteers.
20th Anniversary – Natya Mahotsava
In July 2000, Abhinaya celebrated its 20th anniversary with – a two-day extravaganza of dance and music at the Mexican Heritage Theater, San Jose.
30th Anniversary – Natya Samarpan, Dedication to Dance since 1980
2010 marked 30 years of performances and instruction in the Bay Area by Mythili Kumar who has nurtured an entire generation of exceptional dancers in Bharatanatyam. To commemorate this accomplishment, a series of concerts were presented featuring notable guest artists from our 30 year history of collaborations such as San Jose Taiko, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Guru C.V. Chandrasekhar, and Guru M. Muralidharan. Additionally, the two-day series held in August 2010, and the Heritage concert in October 2010 featured highlights of Abhinaya’s past choreographic works.