Summer Intensive Workshop with Artistic Director Mythili Kumar

Sunday, July 10 – Sunday, July 17, 2016
Partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Intensive dance workshop for dancers who have studied Bharatanatyam for at least 5 years.

Instructors:   Mythili Kumar (Artistic Director)
Rasika Kumar (Assoc. Artistic Director)
Malavika Kumar (NEA Program Coordinator)

Guest Instructors:  Asha Ramesh (Carnatic vocal, Director Ragamalika School of Music)
Surabhi Bharadwaj (Kalari and Yoga)
Radhika Shankar 7/16 @ 7 pm (Bharata Nrityam Exponent, Class on Karanas in Dance)
Dance History Lecturer – To be determined 7/17 @ 5:30 pm


  • Body Conditioning – increase flexibility and strength using exercises derived from yoga and martial arts
  • Bharatanatyam Fundamentals – deepen the training in the fundamentals of the art
    • nritta – learn rhythmic sequences through a Jatiswaram and Thillana
    • abhinaya – improve expression by learning a Padam
    • nattuvangam – learn to vocalize rhythms for the art of conducting
    • theory – learn dance theory from Abhinaya Darpana
    • natya – improve acting and characterization using episodes from the Ramayana
  • Music – learn basic Carnatic music concepts in Bharatanatyam pieces
  • History – learn about the history and development of Bharatanatyam
  • Performance – provide a performance opportunity to develop choreographic and performance skills


Monte Sereno Home Studio (Call for address)
San Jose International Performing Arts Center – 6148 Bollinger Road, San Jose 95129
Sanatana Dharma Kendra –  3102 Landess Ave, San Jose, CA 95132


Sunday July 10th – Introductory Session

Session A       10am to 1pm at Monte Sereno Home Studio
Session B       2pm to 5pm at San Jose’s International Performing Arts Center

Monday July 11th to Saturday July 16th  (6 days)

Session A       2pm to 5pm at Monte Sereno Home Studio
Session B       6pm to 9pm at San Jose’s International Performing Arts Center

Sunday, July 17th at Sanatana Dharma Kendra

4:00pm           Informal Performance by Workshop Participants
5:30pm           Guest Lecture
6:30pm           Concluding remarks, Evaluation of workshop, Q&A

For fees and workshop details, email Abhinaya at