The Institution

Sridevi Nrithyalaya, which specialises in the Melattur style of Bharatanatyam, was founded in the year 1987. The founder of the school, Dr. Smt. Sheela Unnikrishnan has produced many successful solo dance artistes and promising dance teachers, along with an entrancing contribution of more than 500 solo dances, 35 thematic presentations and 16 mega dance dramas. Sridevi Nrithyalaya has 4 Bal Shree Awardees, recipients of the highest honour awarded by the Govt. of India to talented children in the field of Creative Performance. Students of Nrithyalaya have won prestigious prizes, towering titles and august awards, fetching laurels to themselves and to the much beloved Teacher, Smt. Sheela Unnikrishnan.

With due credit to the splendorous choreography of Smt. Sheela and the unmatched training imparted on the students, Sridevi Nrithyalaya has been invited to perform in many glorious dance shows and festivals in India and abroad. Performing Bharathanatyam at London Olympics Park during London Olympics – 2012 by five of Nrithyalaya’s artistes along with 80 others from India is one that is worth mentioning. Sridevi Nrithyalaya moves on spreading the marvels of Melattur style with the motto, “Dancing is Bliss”, conveying faith in hard work, sincerity and dedication. Inculcating Indian culture and tradition to the young generations worldwide is the primary aim of training in Sridevi Nrithyalaya.

Notable Performances Abroad:

Apart from the regular trips for annual workshops in countries like Australia, Norway, Canada, Germany, London etc. by Smt. Sheela Unnikrishnan, performers of Sridevi Nrithyalaya have travelled widely earning appreciations from audiences abroad.

01. KOTFA, South Korea – 2006

02. HTSNA, New York – 2005 & 2006

03. Boston University – Celebrating Krishna – 2006

04. FETNA, New York – 2007

05. Kala Sadhana Celebrations – Norway – 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2016

06. Maynooth Cultural Exchange – 2011

07. Temple Festival, Malaysia – 2011

08. Temple Festival, London – 2011

09. Royal Festival Hall, London – 2012

10. Ugadhi Celebrations of Telugu Federation – 2012

11. Mexico cultural Exchange – 2012

12. London Olympics Cultural Program – 2012

13. Muscat Dance Festival – 2013

14. Indian Embassy, Muscat – 2013

15. Global Cultural Olympiad, Dubai – 2013

16. Indian Cultural Festival, Taiwan – 2013

17. Global Cultural Olympiad, Malaysia – 2014

18. Indian Embassy, Germany – 2014

19. Sai Baba Mandhir, Massachusetts – 2015

20. Smaran Dance Festival, California – 2015

21. Spring India Day Festival, San Franscisco – 2015

22. Thyagaraja Festival Dance Competition, Cleveland – 2015

23. Tamil New Year Celebrations of Bharathi Tamil Sangam, USA – 2016

24. Festival of Kalaikovil Academy of Fine Arts, Canada – 2017

25. Performance for Tamil One TV Channel, Cananda – 2017

26. Smaran Dance Festival, California, USA – 2017

27. Festival of Kalaikovil Academy of Fine Arts, Canada – 2018

28. Shivanjali Festival by Arusri Arts Theatre, Sri Lanka – 2018

29. Bharathakalanjali Festival, Australia – 2018

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