Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a very passionate teacher of Bharatanatyam and has the invaluable experience of teaching Bharatanatyam for over 25 years. Over the years she has taught over 3000 students across the world including cities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat, Virginia and has been teaching in Princeton, Livingston and Edison for the last 20 years. Bala Devi continues to offer workshops across the world.
As a world class performer, researcher and passionate teacher, Bala Devi offer tremendous knowledge and training to her many dedicated students. 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 has lectured and conducted workshops at Princeton, Rutgers, Columbia, Vassar, Mount Holyoke, Yeshiv, Temple, Univ of Penn, Drew, Rider, Mc Carter theater etc, Bala conducts workshops across the world.
Areas of expertise
Natya Sastra - one of the oldest treatise on performing arts
Core components of 108 Karnas - Temple Sculptures and dance movements.
Abhinaya - art of expression
South Asian performing arts and its relationship to world arts.
Laya - Rhythmic patterns in dance.
Research into ancient texts from the Indian sub continent