PERFORMING ARTS, Modern and Contemporary Dance, World Dance, Indian Dance, Bharata Natyam
“Bharata Natyam is an expression of self. Anyone can watch and appreciate and you don’t have to be Indian to do so.” -Sahasra Sambamoorthi Sahasra has been studying Bharata Natyam since the age of nine. After graduating from Columbia’s SEAS program in 2008, she has maintained two small businesses in the performing arts, she is co-owner of Parampara Magazine and also founded a nonprofit organization, Navatman Dance. Navatman is broken down into three parts: a dance company, an events planning company, and a conservatory (in progress). Bharata Natyam is a form of communication, and in her choreography, Sahasra tries remove this dance form from a purely traditional format. She wants to make her work accessible to Indian and American audiences alike.