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

Vidyanjali 2018

An offering of dance featuring the students of Jiva Performing Arts accompanied by a live Carnatic Orchestra.

Master Workshop with Maya Kulkarni

Jiva Performing Arts presents an intimate two-day Master Workshop series with well-known artist and educator Maya Kulkarni.

Solo Studio Showcase

Please join us for this studio presentation by our intermediate and advanced students and guest artists. This presentation is part of a series of shows designed to provide our students with the opportunity to grow as performers – and to provide you with more opportunities to experience Bharatanatyam live.

Mridangam Maestro Karaikudi Mani and Glen Velez in Concert April 4th

Jiva Performing Arts & Blue-Skinned God Records proudly present the legendary South Indian percussionist Karaikudi R Mani with special guest four-time Grammy winner Glen Velez and opening Act by award winning Akshara Music Ensemble

Jiva Performing Arts