Top trainers of Bharatanatyam in New Delhi

Bharatnatyam is one of the classical dance forms of India. Because of its visual appeal and philosophical background, it has become popular all over India and also in various other countries. In this article, the author discusses two great Bharatnatyam teachers of New Delhi.

Bharatnatyam is one of the most popular and visually appealing classical Indian dance forms. It is now well-known all over the world. Genesis of Bharatnatyam can be traced at Tamil Nadu. It is a solo dance form which is performed exclusively by women and it has been based upon Hindu religious themes, particularly of Saivism (followers of Lord Shiva). Bharatnatyam's genesis and theoretical foundations are from ancient Sanskrit text 'Natya Shastra' written by Sage Bharat. Over the years, Bharatnatyam has also been modified to some extent. Many Bharatnatyam practitioners, through their fresh ideas and interpretations, have opened new vistas in this traditional dance form. As a result, Bharatnatyam has become popular beyond Tamil Nadu, first, all over the India and then in various parts of the world.

New Delhi is the capital of India. Many Tamil and other people of South Indian origin have settled in the capital city of the country. Over the years, various trainers and institutes have started imparting training of Bharatnatyam in the capital. In this article we will discuss about two great trainers of Bharatnatyam, who have been training students in New Delhi over the years.

#1: Great Bharatnatyam exponent Ms. Jayalakshmi Eshwar

Ms. Jayalakshmi Eshwar is an internationally acclaimed Bharatnatyam exponent. She is an excellent performer, choreographer and teacher of Bharatnatyam. Not only that, she has authored various books and articles on this great dance form. She has been imparting training of Bharatnatyam for five decades. Ms. Jayalakshmi Eshwar strikes a perfect balance of tradition and contemporary interpretation of Bharatnatyam without causing any harm to the aesthetic sense. She has vast range of production. She and her group have been performing in solo, group and collaborative formats all over India and abroad. She and her students have performed in various festivals within India and in international dance festivals.

Ms. Jayalakshmi Eshwar has been conducting national and international workshops on Bharatnatyam and choreographed and directed many thematic dance numbers. Ms. Eshwar is a resident of New Delhi and she regularly gives lectures at CCRT and in various other platforms. The contact details of this great teacher is indicated below:-

Ms. Jayalakshmi Eshwar
Address: Y-33, Upper Ground Floor, Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110016
Phone: 011–26515608; Mobile: 9811490124; e-mail:
Website: www.

#2: Another Delhi-based Bharatnatyam exponent: Ms. Devayani

Ms. Devayani is a very famous exponent of Bharatnatyam dance style all over the world. This great Bharatnatyam exponent is a French lady (real name: Ms. Annick Chaymotty) but she has whole-heartedly adopted Bharatnatyam. She has performed all over India in renowned cultural events, music & dance festivals. The enthusiasts of Bharatnatyam in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, various countries of Europe and in the USA are well-acquainted with Ms. Devyani's dance performance. This great exponent of Bharatnatyam received the award for excellence as a top cultural ambassador in 2004, national women excellence award in 2008 and Padmashri in 2009. She has been actively involved in training Bharatnatyam to the students for more than 30 years. Many of her students have won laurels in Bharatnatyam at different fora. Devayani is also Delhi-based. The contact details are indicated below:

Ms. Devayani
Address: C-30, Friends Colony East, New Delhi-110065
Phone: 011–26910538; Mobile: 9810911944

Final words

There are many Bharatnatyam exponents all over Delhi. All of them are teaching their students with utmost devotion. Ms. Jayalakshmi Eshwar and Ms. Devayani are representatives of these devoted Delhi-based Bharatnatyam trainers.

Article by Partha K.
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Author: Tanmoy Moulik06 Jan 2018 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 0

thanks for the info

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