A Boothalingam is an art critic, former Hindu columnist and art promoter.
Anil Raj is a Vancouver-based writer, producer, performer, film critic, and self-confessed dance junkie.
Trained in Bharatanatyam for the last twelve years, Aparna Mathur is currently learning at The Dance Centre, Delhi. As a leadership consultant, she works with a wide cross section of people in helping them tap their potential. She hopes someday to leverage the arts, in particular dance to enable the above.
Bhavanvitha Venkat is a writer, critic and Kuchipudi dancer. He is a finance consultant, advisor to cultural institutes and likes to work on creative ideas.
Chitra Sundaram is a Bharatanatyam dancer based in London. A choreographer, performer and commentator, Chitra Sundaram also serves on private and public organisations in advisory and trustee capacities.
Hareesh N Nampoothiri is a visual design consultant by profession and a lover of classical art forms. Being an ardent follower of Kathakali, he conceptualized and directed a documentary on Kathakali titled 'Thouryathrikam,' which introduces the nuances of Kathakali to the common man. Writing and photography are his other passions.
Jyothi Raghuram is a journalist with over two decades experience in both the print and electronic media, having worked with news organizations such as PTI, The Hindu and Indian Express. Her specialized writings on the performing and visual arts have been considered as benchmarks for their comprehensive and in-depth dealing of the subjects.
Dr. Ketu H Katrak is Professor of Drama, University of California, Irvine.
Lakshmi Vishwanathan, a prime disciple of Guru Kanjeevaram Elappa Pillai, is an exponent of the Thanjavur style of Bharatanatyam. She is also a trained vocalist. She is the author of several acclaimed books: Bharatanatyam - the Tamil Heritage, Kunjamma - Ode to a Nightingale, Kapaleeswara Temple, Women of Pride -The Devadasi Heritage. Her film ‘The Poetry of Dance’ was commissioned by the Festival of India. The Mamallapuram Dance Festival started in 1991 was Lakshmi’s brainchild. She has served on several arts committees. She is Vice President of Music Academy (Chennai) and member of South Zone Cultural Centre.
Lalitha Venkat is the content editor of www.narthaki.com
Mala Mohan is a grade A Carnatic vocalist for AIR. She is also a guest lecturer at the Queen Marys College, Chennai, Dept of Music. She completed an M. Phil in Indian music and is presently doing a doctorate in Niravals, the backbone of Manodharma Sangeetham. She has presented many papers at international and national seminars of music and conducts workshops in India and abroad.
Manjari Sinha has an MA in Sanskrit from Allahabad University, MA in Music from Vikram University, Ujjain; B.Ed. from Lucknow University; Sangeet Prabhakar in vocal, tabla, sitar and Kathak dance from Prayag Sangeet Smiti, Allahabad; and further training in sitar from guru Arvind Parikh in the lineage of Ustad Vilayat Khan. She contributes articles in English and Hindi on Music (Hindustani & Carnatic), Dance, Art & Culture for various leading music journals and periodicals. She gives lec-dems on Indian classical music and dance in India and abroad.
Nanditha Prabhu is a Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam dancer trained under her mother Kalamandalam Suganthi and Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam respectively. She runs her dance school Mythri Art Academy in Chennai.
Dr. Nita Vidyarthi is a critic of performing arts, specialising in dance, dance theatre and expressions and is a regular contributor to The Hindu, and the Statesman Kolkata in dance, vocal music and theatre. She is trained in Kathak, Bharatanatyam and Manipuri as well as vocal, semi-classical music and Rabindra Sangeet. A Science communicator, Ph.D. in Polymer Science, Commonwealth Scholar and a retired Professor of Chemistry, Nita devotes most of her time to dance and theatre writing.
Nishith Anand, a lecturer in the School of Management Studies at Chinmaya Institute of Technology, has an MBA from University of Calicut. An engineer by education and designer by vocation, Nishith also engages in painting, creative writing and photography.
Padma Jayaraj is a freelance writer on the Arts and travel and is a regular contributor to www.narthaki.com
Poornima Ramaprasad follows Indian classical music and dance forms. She reviews Indian dance and drama events in the San Francisco bay area from time to time.
Purnima Gururaj is a Bharatanatyam dancer/teacher based in Bangalore.
Rakesh Khanna studied contemporary percussion music at the University of California, Santa Cruz before switching to mathematics and moving to Chennai, where he co-founded the alternative publishing house Blaft in 2007. He is the editor of The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction Vols. 1 and 2 and co-editor of the comics-and-visual-arts collection The Obliterary Journal.
A software engineer by profession, Rakesh Konni is a lover of classical dance forms and music. Writing and photography are his passions.
Renu Ramanath is an independent journalist and columnist based in Kochi. A former staff reporter of The Hindu (Kochi) she specializes in visual and performing art forms, architecture and related subjects.
Dr. Rohini Dandavate, a former dance officer of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, is an exponent of Odissi, a scholar and arts administrator.
Dr. SD Desai, a professor of English, has been a Performing Arts Critic for many years. Among the dance journals he has contributed to are Narthaki, Sruti, Nartanam and Attendance. He guest-edited Attendance 2013 Special Issue. His books have been published by Gujarat Sahitya Academy, Oxford University Press and Rupa. After 30 years with a national English daily, he is now a freelance art writer.
Satish Suri has been an ardent follower of dance and music for more than 40 years, starting with being on the committee of the International Music and Arts Society founded by Vijaya Devi, sister of the Late Maharaja of Mysore, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar and now presently is treasurer of World Dance Alliance Karnataka Chapter. He has presented several artistes, both dancers and musicians, over the last 40 years.
Shveta Arora is a blogger based in Delhi. She writes about cultural events in the capital.
Dr. Sreedevi N Nampoothiri is an Ayurvedic physician by profession and an ardent lover of classical art forms. She received basic training in Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam during her school days and is now pursuing her Mohiniattam under Kalamandalam Shobha.
Sulagna Mukhopadhyay was trained in Bharatanatyam by Guru Thankamani Kutty and Indian folk by Late Botu Pal. She has an M.A. in Comparative Literature and has freelanced for various leading newspapers of Kolkata like The Telegraph, The Statesman and Ananda Bazar Patrika. She has written articles on dance and gender issues. She is a teacher of South Point School since 1996.
Dr. Sunil Kothari is a dance historian, scholar, author and a renowned dance critic. He is Vice President of World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific India chapter, based in New Delhi. He is honored by the President of India with Padma Shri, Sangeet Natak Akademi award and Senior Critic Award from Dance Critics Association, NYC. He is a regular contributor to www.narthaki.com, the roving critic for monthly magazine Sruti and is a contributing editor of Nartanam for the past 12 years. Sushma Mohan is a Bharatanatyam dancer and Carnatic vocalist. She resides in Los Angeles and imparts dance and music training to a handful of dance enthusiasts.
Usha RK is a writer and Arts Consultant.
Verushka Pather is a Bharatanatyam dancer based in South Africa.
Veejay Sai is a writer, editor and a culture critic.
Vidya Chandra Sekhar, commonly known as Diya, is a 2-time world record holder for longest Bharatanatyam performance (24 and 48 hours), having studied under the legendary Guru TK Mahalingam Pillai, his father, the celebrated Thiruvadamaradur Kuppiah Pillai, and the other equally renowned teachers of Sri Rajarajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir. She is the daughter / disciple of Sudha (Doraiswamy) Chandra Sekhar. Diya teaches Bharatanatyam live and online for advanced performers and teachers, in addition to performing nattuvangam and vocals for the Vidyanjali Orchestra which supports dancers across North America.
Madhuri Upadhya of contemporary dance group Nritarutya based in Bangalore, describes the journey to choreographing her new work ‘Trishanku.’
Nandini Krishna is a Bharatanatyam artiste, dance educator, freelance journalist and Arts administrator based in Mumbai. ‘Nritya Uphaar- The Gift of Dance’ is conceived and executed by her.