Dr. Chethana Radhakrishna speaks on the nexus between Bharatanatyam and Advaita

On our seventh episode of Indian Artpreneur, Season 1: Victory against the odds, we speak to Dr. Chethana Radhakrishna.

We all know that almost every dance student undergoes dilemma at some point. For some, this could be to obtain certification from education boards such as KSEB or pursue a full-time masters degree in dance, or sometimes the purpose of the dance itself. We feel that in order to gain victory against the odds, it is not enough to gain knowledge, but absolute necessary to have clarity about our pursuit.


To answer these questions, we approachedĀ  Dr. Chethana Radhakrishna, who is a Bharathanatyam dancer, choreographer, and PhD in Performing Arts. She is a faculty for Bharathanatyam at the KSGH University in Mysore. Dr. Chethana learnt the basic lessons of Bharatanatyam from guru Natya Visharade Smt. Sheela Sridhar in Kalakshetra style, Mysore style of Bharatanatyam from Vid. Smt. Shankuntalamma and Tanjore style from great guru Late Smt. Narmada, Bengaluru. In order to advance her knowledge and proficiency, she went to Chennai to learn from advance lessons from Smt. Savitri Jagannath Rao.

In 1995, Dr. Chethana started the Gurudev Academy of fine arts in Mandya, where she continues to teach. In Gurudev Academy, the students not only learn Bharatanatyam, but also learn to teach, sing and Nattuvangam. Dr. Chethana’s taught several students, who are now spread across the globe and have their own schools to teach Bharatanatyam.