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

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

Musical Introduction Series: Jiva Dance

Jiva Dance will present select pieces from their repertoire for this highly acclaimed series at the 92stY geared towards exposing children to the world’s diverse artistic legacies.

Abhinaya Baithak

Abhinaya Baithak is an informal presentation of the art of abhinaya by three exciting performers of Indian Classical dance: Sonali Mishra from Bhubaneshwar, India, Bharati Penneswaran, from Aalokam in NY, and Sonali Skandan from Jiva Performing Arts in NY.

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

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