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. Kala Vandanam carries forward the key qualities of the Kalakshetra style, balancing precision and grace in technique, subtle expressional dance, and a keen sense of aesthestics. Kala Vandanam retains 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. The foundational values are 1/ learning and practicing the art with humility and joy, 2/ striving for excellence, and 3/ constructive introspection for both personal and artistic growth. We believe that every artist blossoms in their own time, and over a lifetime.
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.