Navarasa Dance Theater
SINDHOOR & NATYAVEDA – Navarasa Dance Theater’s (www.navarasa.org) performing arts schools in the U.S. and India offer classes in Bharatanatyam classical dance, Kalari ppayattu martial arts, Yoga and other forms in Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area, CA, and online. Navarasa’s Dance for Everyone program provides free training in India and the US to make the arts accessible to all. Co-directors Dr. Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda have been teaching for over 20 years in India, the U.S. and Canada. Navarasa believes that the arts are essential for all. Classes are offered to people of all ages, abilities and experience.
Navarasa has a wide repertoire of solo and group works in classical and contemporary dance theater that has been touring internationally for over 25 years. Inspired by Indian classical and folk dance forms, diverse theater traditions, world music, martial arts (Kalari ppayattu), aerial dance, yoga, live singing and storytelling, Navarasa’s work is a dynamic, radical, and original style of dance theater.
Bharatanatyam: Guru Dr. Aparna Sindhoor has been dancing for more than 35 years. She trained with legendary teacher Dr. K. Venkatalakshamma in the Mysore-style Bharatanatyam and with Lalitha Srinivasan. Mysore style developed under the patronage of the Wodeyer kings. Beautiful rhythm work, lyrical grace, extraordinary abhinaya and musicality are some of the salient aspects of this style. Guru Aparna Sindhoor has a PhD in Dance from Boston University.
Kalari ppayattu Martial Arts: Guru Anil Natyaveda, a native of Kerala, India, trained under gurus Chellappan Aasan, Govindan Kutti Gurukal, and Babu Raj Gurukal. He has been practicing Kalari for over 35 years. Kalari ppayattu is considered one of the oldest martial arts in the world. The form teaches a way of life that is holistic and introspective; training is beneficial to develop strength, flexibility, confidence, focus, and a healthy mind/body.
Yoga & Meditation: Guru Dr. Aparna Sindhoor, from Mysore, India, has trained in Yoga and Indian spiritual and philosophical practices for over 25 years, at the Ramana Gnyana Kendra in Mysore, and in the U.S., through yoga teacher training in Boston and Pranayama training with Dr. Srivalli.