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

Summer Dance Intensive by Sonali Skandan

Sonali will be teaching a 4-evening summer dance intensive August 19-22 in NYC

B'Rhythm at Drive East

Bala Skandan unveils his latest project, B’Rhythm, at this year’s Drive East Festival in NYC on August 7th

The Four Horsemen at Drive East

Jiva Dance presents its latest work, The Four Horsemen, at this year’s Drive East Festival in NYC on August 11th

Jiva's 2019 Annual Campaign

Will You consider Supporting Jiva into 2019?

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