On the 10th episode of Indian Artpreneur, season 1 Victory against the odds, we speak to Surabhi Bharadwaj, a protean Bharatanatyam dancer, who is also adept in Yoga, Kalaripayattu and light design. Surabhi is currently based in San Francsico, USA. On this episode Surabhi shares her journey as a dancer. Surabhi is a Founder and Artistic Director of Siddhi Dance Academy, CA, is a seasoned Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher who is presently training over 70 students at her institute. She has won accolades through her performances across India, USA, Europe, and the Middle East.
Surabhi started her training in the Pandanallur tradition under the tutelage of Guru Natyashree K M Raman. She later continued her training under Karnataka Kalathilika Smt. Radha Sridhar and Karnataka Kalashree B Bhanumati. She studied Karanas (a movement style from the ancient treatise Natya Sastra) under Nirupama Rajendra and Dr. PadmaSubrahmanyam.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology and an Advanced Diploma in Genetic Engineering from Jain University, India. She has completed Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in Bharatanatyam from Sastra University, India, and MFA in Dance: Design & Production from Saint Mary’s College of California. Her education and her experience working as the Principal Dancer in two leading Bharatanatyam companies in India (Punyah Dance Company and in Raadha Kalpa Dance Company) have given her an edge in both the artistic and technical aspects of bringing dance productions to life.