Profile

Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a Bharatanatyam exponent and scholar, artist, choreographer and committed teacher of Bharatanatyam. Bala in an exemplary fashion follows the discerning scholarly approach of her legendary Guru Dr Padma Subrahmanyam. Dr Padma Subrahmanyam has awarded the titles " Bharata Nrtya Seva Mani" and " Nrtyasali- completed course in​ 108 ​ Karanas" to Bala Devi Chandrashekar. Bala takes on subjects with a philosophical leaning and explores various methods through classical dance to interpret spiritual concepts and strives to practice a classicism that is always contemporary in interpretation and communicates across cultures and she actively performs across the world with her own distinct style. All her production are accompanied by world class music. As a Professor of Practice & Artistic Director of SPNAPA Academy of Performing Arts, Princeton, New Jersey, she imparts valuable knowledge to her many dedicated students. Bala constantly works on developing and perfecting the style that would be seamless and fluid while yet retaining the precision, power and purity of line - typical of classical dance. As a Professor of Practice, Bala is constantly developing “Performing studies” in collaboration with Theater and Dance, History, Philosophy, Linguistic anthropology and South Asian Departments of various Universities in the United States and served as Fellow and Artist in Residence at The Carl A fields Center@Princeton University. Bala is one of the few Bharatanatyam artist worldwide to have released seven critically acclaimed dance DVD’s.