Suchitra Sairam founded Kala Vandanam in 2002, with the vision of sharing the beauty and depth of Bharatanatyam, the oldest and most widely performed classical dance tradition of India, and its allied arts through education, outreach, performance and presentation. Adhering to the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam, which is known for its geometry and precision of technique, subtle expressional dance, and keen sense of aesthestics, Kala Vandanam looks to expand creativity within the framework of this exquisite dance form, both artistically and in its delivery; retaining its traditional roots while contributing to its evolution as a “living” performance art and its wider acceptance and appreciation in mainstream communities.
Kala Vandanam carries on the classic works by great masters from the Kalakshetra tradition, and creates new interpretations within the framework of the tradition. Kala Vandanam’s primary education initiative is long-term training of students, with a philosophy based on the foundational values of learning and practicing the art with humility and joy, striving for excellence, and constructive introspection for both personal and artistic growth. At Kala Vandanam, we believe that every artist blossoms in their own time; learning and exploration are lifelong journeys.
Outreach activities include demonstrations, presentations and performances in varied school and community settings, bringing Indian performance art, culture and language to uninitiated audiences to increase awareness, understanding and enjoyment. Kala Vandanam’s performance initiatives include professionally produced productions, community and festival based events, and student recitals. In addition, Kala Vandanam is committed to propagating Indian performing arts through its presenting wing, hosting performances and workshops by internationally acclaimed artists for the wider community to enjoy.