(Last Updated on : 20/03/2015)
Bala Devi Chandrashekar is an Indian Bharatanatyam
dancer. Bala Devi Chandrashekar is an Indian dance-teacher based in Princeton, New Jersey, United States.
Bala Devi Chandrashekar was trained under Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam. Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a Professor of practice in Asian Performing Arts. The approach of Bala Devi Chandrashekar is interdisciplinary, involving lecturing and research. Bala Devi's unique well researched productions include - Nandanar Charithram, Krishnaarpnam and Uddhava Gita.
Contributions of Bala Devi Chandrashekar
Bala Devi Chandrashekar is the Artistic Director of the New Jersey Bharatanatyam School Shree Padma Nrityam Academy of Performing Arts Inc. with head office in Princeton, New Jersey. New Jersey Bharatanatyam School Shree Padma Nrityam Academy of Performing Arts provides Bharatanatyam classes to aspiring dancers and also serves as a facilitator for cultural preservation, presentation and exchange of ideas for South Asian Performing Arts with a primary focus on Indian classical dance - Bharatanatyam.
The works of Bala Devi Chandrashekar clears as a Bharatanatyam teacher, lecturer and researcher and a performer. Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a performing soloist and has developed her own dance technique, and currently she works on number of projects on Performing Arts, raising the awareness of Bharatanatyam in New Jersey and the relationship to other Performing Arts.
The works of Bala Devi Chandrashekar on the study of movement technique investigating the relationship of the archive and the repertoire, from an interdisciplinary domain; Dance technique, Cultural Perspectives of South Asia, Music, Literature, Art History and Dance Anthropology.
Bala Devi Chandrashekar has performed in many prestigious venues in North America, Europe, Middle East and India. As a Professor of Practice & Artistic Director of SPNAPA Academy of Performing Arts, Princeton, New Jersey, she imparts valuable knowledge to her many dedicated students.
Bala Devi Chandrashekar constantly works on developing and perfecting the style that would be seamless and fluid while yet retaining the precision, power and purity of line -typical of classical dance. As a Professor of Practice, Bala is constantly developing curriculum in "Performing studies" in collaboration with Theatre and Dance, History, Philosophy, Linguistic anthropology and South Asian Departments of various Universities in the United States. She has served as a Fellow and Artist - in - Residence at The Carl A fields Center at Princeton University. Bala Devi has given lecturers and taught courses on Bharatanatyam in Mount Holyoke, Princeton, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Yeshiva University, Vassar College, Rutgers University, New Jersey and Rider University New Jersey.
The focus of Bala Devi Chandrashekar on lecture and research blends seamlessly with her concert platform. The lecturers of Bala Devi Chandrashekar incorporate the core architectural components of ancient temple sculptures - Karanas, governed by artistic laws of value bridging disciplines together and reducing the hazy scope.
Bala Devi Chandrashekar has participated in numerous lecturers, intercultural, religious and performing arts events as a faculty, consultant and mentor and is the recipient of several prestigious grants from several state and private foundations including the NJ Humanities council, Texas commission on the Arts and Ohio State Council on the Art.
The productions of Bala Devi Chandrashekar include Nandanar Charithram, MLV Favorites- A traditional Margam based on songs popularized by Carnatic music
singer M L Vasanthakumari, Krishnaarpan - A Margam is based on the divine life of Lord Krishna.
In the year 2013, Bala Devi Chandrashekar presented Uddhava Gita - Lord Krishna last message. This was the first time Uddhava Gita was presented in Bharatanatyam format. Uddhava Gita was premiered at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan London, England. The same production was successfully presented in Chennai Dance festival in month December 2012.
In the year 2013, Bala Devi Chandrashekar presented Vishwam - The Omnipresent. Based on the sacred Hindu text Bhagavatham - The production had references to Lord Krishna
life, King Mahabali and the unique story of Sage Markandaya. Bala Devi Chandrashekar has produced four Bharatanatyam DVD's. Bala Devi Chandrashekar has presented Vishwam - The Omnipresent at John Witherspoon Middle School, New Jersey as a part of fund raiser for a New Jersey based arts organization on the 16th May 2014.
Bala Devi Chandrashekar has served as an Honorary Board Member for New Jersey Governor school, New Jersey, USA. She has served as an artist in residence - Princeton University, Princeton, USA and Bala Devi Chandrashekar also served as an advisor of Sangam Festival, New Jersey.