Jiva Performing Arts exists to promote the classical arts of India in the US, specifically Indian classical music and dance. Jiva was formed in 2007 in New York City. Through innovative performances, classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and a strong arts-in-education base, we strive to encourage the growth of the classical arts of India in the US.  Jiva creates engaging and rich performances, which employ modern media such as film, photography and spoken word, as well as collaborating with world music and dance genres, thereby increasing the appreciation and accessibility of these timeless arts.

Jiva offers ongoing classes in Indian dance and music for adults and children – specifically Bharatanatyam, Carnatic Violin and Mridangam – in the New York City area. Jiva also organizes performances, master workshops, summer camps and lecture demonstrations by visiting and local artists throughout the year.

Our Projects:
See Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance for more information on our activities on our exciting professional dance company.

See Akshara for more information on this innovative Carnatic music ensemble.

Upcoming Events / News

Sonali & Bala perform at the Tagore Center in Mexico City

The Embassy of India in Mexico City and the Gurudev Tagore Cultural Center of India present Bharatanatyam dance by Sonali Skandan and Carnatic music by Bala Skandan Free Admission

Jiva Dance & the Dance Advancement Fund

We are happy to share that Jiva Dance is one of the inaugural grantees the Dance Advancement Fund.

Jiva's 10 Year Anniversary Gala

Save the Date: Jiva’s 10 Year Anniversary Gala

Akshara Album Release Party

Join Akshara Music Ensemble’s for the release party for their long- awaited album ‘In Time’

Picnic with Jiva

Join us for Jiva’s Picnic, celebrating our 10th year.

Jiva Performing Arts