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

Inside Jiva Gala 2016

Learn more about the performers and entertainers of Jiva Gala 2016!

Performance - Jiva at Stages in the Square

On October 15th, Jiva Dance and students present a free performance in Madison Square Park.

Workshop: The Art of Abhinaya

Join us on October 28th and 29th for a weekend-long workshop with Indira Kadambi, a gifted teacher of abhinaya (art of expression), open to dancers of all ages and levels of experience.

Mental Floss Video

Sonali’s dance was captured in a stunning video by mental floss

Jiva Gala 2016

An evening of music, dance, cocktails and fine cuisine…Please join us for Jiva’s annual Gala 2016 and and become a patron of Classical Indian dance in NYC

Jiva Performing Arts