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Come study Bharathanatyam (Traditional South Indian Classical dance) at
Natya Leela Academy in SE Portland!

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Our mission is to "teach the traditional, ancient dance styles of India and enable students to discover the dancer within."

Natya Leela Academy is a South Indian Classical Dance school in Portland, Oregon and a branch of the Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society of Singapore. Specializing in the ancient traditional dance form of Bharathanatyam, Natya Leela Academy strives to help students (youth and adults) discover their inner passion for dance, while they learn the basics of this beautiful style that originated in TamilNadu.

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SUMMER 2016:
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June 13th, 2015:
through Classical Indian Dance.

Natya Leela Academy students bring Farid ud-Din Attar's 12th Century Sufi Poem to life through Classical Indian Dance

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MAY 11th, 2013:
"The Myth of Demeter and Persephone
told through Bharathanatyam
Artistic Director: Subashini Ganesan under the guidance and auspices of Smt Vasanti Gopinath Jayaswal.

Natya Leela Academy students present the age-old mythology of Demeter and Persephone.

Heartbeats of melodies taken from classical and traditional folk music of Greece, India, Middle East, Uzbekistan and Turkey have paved the path for the expression of the variety of emotions that thread this story. All of this is set into the mold of the classical Bharatanatyam dance style. Come see this presentation by the students of our dance school WHERE: Studio 2@Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont, Portland, OR 97214

DATE AND TIMES: Saturday May 11th, 2013. 2:00pm and 7:00pm. (1 hour show)

COST: $15 (Adults); $10 (Kids under 18 years)

CONTACT:, 503-449-6160

Artistic Director, Subashini Ganesan, receives
Regional Arts and Culture Council's 2013 Project Grant Award!

Natya Leela Academy's Artistic Director is one of the 94 individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties to receive RACC's prestigious Project Grant Awards. This grant will partially fund Subashini Ganesan's newest work-in-progress, "All-One," a primarily solo 50-minute dance performance that explores the theme of how our perception of and attitude towards solitude affects the kind of relationships we have. This work will be presented in November 2013. Learn more about the awards here.

Photo: Manlio Castillo Photography


Watch "Devoted" trailer here.

An exploration of the nature of devotion and emotional experiences of devotees.
This exploration is coupled with the experimentation of the relationship between Bharathanatyam (Natya Leela Troupe), Japanese Dance & Taiko (Michelle Fujii),
and Modern Dance (Jamuna Dasi).

2011 Dates: Nov 11th/12th at 7:30pm Nov 13th at 1:30pm
At Zoomtopia (810 SE Belmont)
Concept and Artistic Direction: Subashini Ganesan.
Partially Funded by a grant from the the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Copyright 2009, Subashini Ganesan, Natya Leela Academy, Portland, Oregon