Dancers

Arulushamaheswary Anbalagan

Arulushamaheswary Anbalagan

A regular feature in many of the Academy’s production, Usha started learning dance at the age of five. In 2012, she presented her Arangetram under the guidance of Mrs Ambujah Thiru, after which she joined the teaching faculty at Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society. A dancer who totally immerses herself in her dance, Usha has an innate sense of thala and neatly executes theermanams to perfection. She has her name to several Academy shows including Purnima, Manohra and XPressions. The stage presence she commands means she never disappoints whenever she takes on lead roles. Her portrayals of Rama in Sampoorna Ramayana and the Kattiyakaran in Thirukuttrala Kuravanji earned her well-deserved praise. Quick at grasping and remembering complex rhythmic patterns, Usha is understandably a choreographer’s joy. She is currently a student of Bharathanatyam, Nattuvangam and Carnatic music.

 

Hemalatha

Hemalatha Sathasivam

A dancer with unbelievable energy and determination, Hema completed her Arangetram in 2012 under the guidance of Mrs Ambujah Thiru and soon after, joined Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society’s teaching faculty. This expressive dancer has performed in various local productions such as CHAKRA, Ramayana, Aum Muruga, Vana Mahatsovam and Thandava as well as several overseas commitments in China, Indonesia, Canada and New Zealand. Her sincere and dynamic portrayal of Hanuman in Sampoorna Ramayana captured audiences’ hearts, who were equally awed by her completely different persona in I, Cyclops where contemporary moves fused with Bharathanatyam. Blessed with a knack for quickly grasping new and complicated steps and an eagerness to learn, Hema has been able to work under many choreographers with ease.

 

Malini Bhaskar

Malini Bhaskar

A multi-talented dancer, Malini is trained in Bharathanatyam, ballet, contemporary, hiphop and several other dance styles. This granddaughter of dance doyens the Bhaskars, Malini is a natural on stage. Even before she completed her Bharathanatyam Arangetram in 2010, she had performed extensively in many of the Academy’s productions including People Get Connected and Manohra and continues to impress audiences in productions such as Chakra and Purnima. Despite her young age, Malini has already travelled with the Academy on overseas tours to India and Thailand. She aspires to one day be a professional dancer and hopes to eventually continue the work of her grandparents in the arts scene.

 

Nishalini Lakchimanathas

Nishalini Lakchimanathas

One of the newest additions to the Academy, Nishalini started dancing at age nine. She completed her Dance Diploma (Maargam) under Mr Neewin Hershall in 2010 and since then this expressive and bold dancer has been part of numerous productions including Manohra, Thirukutrala Kuravanji, Sampoorna Ramayana, Chakra and XPressions. Nishalini was also part of the Ramayana tour in New Zealand. One of the upcoming young dancers of the Academy, Nishalini continues to bring her personality into her performances here and overseas.

 

Priyadarshini

Priyadarshini Nagarajah

An enthusiastic and disciplined dancer, Priya’s unreserved passion shines through in her performances. Although a recent recruit of the Academy, her graceful movements and precision executions have taken her far. She has been involved in several of the Academy’s local productions including I,Cyclops, Sampoorna Ramayana, Chakra, Thirukutrala Kuravanji and Yaatra ll. She has also represented the Academy in Canada. A dancer who continues to seek perfection, Priya is already a name to watch and promises to amaze in future productions.

 

Sarenniya Ramathas

Sarenniya Ramathas

An agile and flexible dancer, Sarenniya has been learning Bharathanatyam since she was 10 and is one of the Academy’s rising stars. She successfully completed her Dance Diploma (Maargam) in 2010 under the tutelage of Mr Neewin Hershall and has been a notably vibrant dancer to watch ever since. In addition to participating in several of the Academy’s local productions such as Manohra, Thirukutrala Kuravanji, XPressions and I, Cyclops, she was also part of the Academy’s tours to Canada and New Zealand. With her impeccable executions and perfect anga saushtaava, Sarenniya is a joy to watch on stage.

 

 

Shruthilaya Ramachandran

Shruthilaya Ramachandran

The latest acquisition to the Academy, Shruthi sparkled in her Arangetram presented in 2012 under the tutelage of Mrs Ambujah Thiru. Having truly absorbed the spiritual essence of dance, this diligent and elegant dancer is another rising star that the Academy can’t wait to show the world. Well-entrenched in Carnatic vocal, Shruthi is equally accomplished academically with a long list of awards and accolades. Shruthi’s intuitive sense of bhava, raga and thala, effortless grace as well as maturity in abhinaya have a magnetic quality that draws audiences in as witnessed in productions such as Thirukutrala Kuravanji, Purnima and Xpressions.

 

Shubaashini VijayamohanShubaashini Vijayamohan

Shubaashini is a budding talent of the Academy and since her Dance Diploma (Maargam) in 2010 she has participated in several of the Academy’s productions such as Poorna Chandrika, Manohra, Chakra, Sampoorna Ramayana and Xpressions. An immensely passionate dancer, Shubaashini diligently seeks perfection in her executions and delivery. She is ready to take on the challenge of any role and continuously pushes herself. Shubaashini dances with so much joy that it is almost infectious.

 

 

Yogeswari Elangovan

Yogeswari Elangovan

An elegant dancer who exudes grace, Yogeswari has been learning Bharathanatyam since she was nine. She has performed in several of the Academy’s productions including Vinayaka, Thirukutrala Kuravanji, Sampoorna Ramayana and Purnima. Immensely expressive and technically eloquent, Yogeswari is poetry in motion to watch, often commanding attention the moment she takes to the stage. She however believes that there is always room for improvement. All technicalities aside, she strives to be a soulful dancer, when the whole experience comes together for the dancer, the audience and the space.