Navarasa Dance Theater is a pioneering South-Asian Contemporary Dance Theater company with a wide repertoire of classical and contemporary works inspired by Bharatanatyam and folk dance forms, martial arts (Kalarippayattu), diverse theater and music traditions, aerial dance, yoga and storytelling. We offer classes in Bharatanatyam, Kalari ppayattu martial arts, Yoga, Mohiniyattam and contemporary dance in Los Angeles, Boston and online. Our free training program, Dance For Everyone, is bringing dance to more than 150 students in India and the U.S. Navarasa is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.

Navarasa was founded as 'Navarasa Natyalaya' by renowned dancer and choreographer, Dr. Aparna Sindhoor and her parents Professor Balasubramanyam and Dr. Srivalli in 1991 in Mysore, India. In 1996, it was reconstituted as Navarasa Dance Theater in Boston, MA by Sindhoor and film director SM Raju. Choreographer Anil Natyaveda joined the team as a co-director in 2004. Together, they have created over fifteen full-length dance theater works and have toured extensively in North America, Europe and India. In 2013, Navarasa opened a branch in Los Angeles, CA as well.

The company has been invited to perform at venues including Lincoln Center, Asian Art Museum, Norton Simon Museum, New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas, World Social Forum, Bates Dance Festival, East West Players, New World Theater, Teesri Duniya Theater (Canada), Amol Palekar's Theater Festival (India), and Germany. Sindhoor and Natyaveda have choreographed for film and television, and the INDIA circus show created by Cirque du Soleil-famed Franco Dragone’ in Germany. In 2012 Navarasa performed over 25 shows at East West Players, a premium Asian American Theater in Los Angeles, CA. In 2013, Navarasa choreographers Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda were nominated for an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Choreography. Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda have created works, taught and performed at various universities including University of California at Santa Barbara, Brandeis University, Boston University, Salem State College and Holy Cross College.

Navarasa and Aparna Sindhoor have received support and grants from Arts International, Ford Foundation, Chahara Foundation, Massachusetts Arts Council, Wyomissing Family Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), Boston Dance Alliance and most recently, a creation award from the National Performance Network (NPN).

In addition to performing, Navarasa is an arts education organization that provides training in dance, martial arts, yoga, and performance art from the beginner to advanced level. Navarasa offers weekly classes, as well as occasional courses at universities and community arts organizations in the U.S., Canada, and India.

Navarasa’s programs of 1) Creation/Performance, 2) Teaching/Sharing, and 3) Research, are connected to the aspect of community development through the arts. Navarasa uses the arts to raise awareness and inspire action about social justice issues such as women’s rights, indigenous rights, and the impact of globalization on culture and the environment. Our goal is to promote art to people all over the world as a way of creating awareness and building community. Navarasa seeks to combine artistic excellence and social commitment to power the holistic and compassionate evolution of the human race.

Navarasa Dance Theater is available for performances, classes, lectures, creation work and touring.

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