Nrityalaya School of Dance was founded by Vidyalakshmi Vinod in 2002 in greater Seattle area to teach students the ancient Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam. The school strives to impart quality dance education and disciplined training to its students and help them grow into professional classical dancers. Through its extremely talented group of staff and dancers, the school has been able to carve a niche for itself in Seattle with its unique choreography for various fund raisers, outreach programs and original productions like 'Ode to the Indian Goddess' (Shree Matre Namaha) and 'Righteousness' (Dharmo Rakshathi Rakshitaha).
Vidyalakshmi Vinod is a highly accomplished dancer, dedicated teacher and an excellent choreographer. She is a senior disciple of Padmashri Chitra Visweswaran who is a well known doyen in this field of art. Due to her passion for this art, Vidya founded Nrityalaya school of Dance in the state of Washington, USA in 2002 with the sole aim of carrying this wonderful ancient art forward to future generations. Over the decades, Vidya has choreographed numerous dance pieces for her graduate students. Her presentation of dance technique is a great inspiration and fascination to dancers and students. Vidya has conceptualized, choreographed and directed two dance dramas ‘Shree Matre Namaha’ (2010) and ‘Dharmo Rakshathi Rakshitaha’ (June 2012) in Seattle which were both huge successes and were well received and reviewed by the audience
Padma Ravikumar is from Chennai and started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 5. She completed her arangetram at age of 12 and participated in several performances through high school and college. After a break from dancing to pursue a career as a Molecular Biologist, she restarted her classical dance training with Nrityalaya School of Dance. She has been performing actively at several events like AnandaMela , Veda Temple and SAAM.
Krithika Shankar lives in Sammamish, WA with her husband and two adorable daughters. Krithika has a natural inclination to dance of any form. She started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 7 from her guru, Sri Veeraju and completed her arangetram in Banglore. After a break of 14 years, she welcomed the opportunity to pursue her passion for this art form by joining Nrityalaya School of Dance under the guidance of Smt Vidyalakshmi Vinod.
Vijetha Sivanand comes from a family with an ardent interest for music, dance and art. She has been a devout student of Bharatanatyam learning from Smt. Neela Jayaraman since the age of 8. She has completed her senior exams under Karnataka board. Upon relocation to Seattle, she continues to pursue this discipline under the tutelage of Smt.Vidyalakshmi Vinod, founder of Nrityalaya School of Dance.The organization continues to indurate her passion for dance and provide invaluable venues to share this great tradition of India among which have been the performances in Unitarian church, Anandamela, Bothell Temple, annual stage show by Nrityalaya school of dance, VT Seva Utsav program and Sahyadri kannada sangha. Vijetha believes Bharatanatyam is a great tradition that nurtures all round personality development for all aspirants.
Our upcoming production is in praise of the Hindu Trinity God – ‘Shiva’. Shiva performing the functions of ‘Srishti’ – Creation, ‘Sthithi’ - Preservation, ‘Samhaaram’ -Destruction and ‘Anugraham’ - Protection is described using verses from the Tevaram, Sivananda Lahari and Sivapuranam
According to Hindu Philosophy there are five perceptible primitive elements without which matter and energy would not exist. These are Space (Akasha), Air (Vayu), Fire (Agni), Water ( Jala), and Earth (Prithvi). In Sanskrit, they are referred to as Pancha Mahabhutham. These five elements are believed to have originated from Brahman – the one and only eternal singularity, depicting supreme sentience or consciousness. Therefore, the existence of everything present around and beyond human parameters, can be attributed to the five elements.
Dharmo Rakshathi Rakhitaha is a dance ballet about ‘Righteousness’ or the quality of what is morally right or justifiable according to Hindu Dharma. Episodes from the Ramayana, story of Shibhi Chakravaorthy, effects of our actions in current times are portrayed to show the importance of following the principles of righteousness. Verses from the Hindu Puranas have been used for the stories.
Shree Matre Namaha is a production in praise of the Hindu Goddess ‘Devi’ in relation with the three ‘Gunas’ - Sattva, Rajas and Tamas which makes the essence of all things. Devi as the embodiment of the three Gunas is shown though various stories from the Hindu scriptures. Verses from the Devi Mahathmiyam have been used to portray the stories.