Upcoming Events

From the Horses Mouth

A celebration of 100+ years of Indian dance in America

14th Street Y 344 East 14th St. NYC
April 26-30, 2017
Special Edition of the innovative show that presents over 20 heart-warming STORIES from dancers - performers, teachers, choreographers, producers - who go on to perform improvisations based on their distinctive dance-theatre forms: this time focusing on a range of DANCE FORMS from INDIA (Bharatanatyam to Bollywood) Tickets: HERE

Urban Nritta Selected for the 17th New York Indian Film Festival

Jiva Dance’s short film, Urban Nritta is an official selection for the 17th NYIFF!

Theater 3 Village East, NYC
May 3rd 2017 6:15PM
Jiva Dance's first dance Film Short, Urban Nritta, has been selected for the 17th New York Indian Film Festival in NYC. It will be screened a part of a shorts program featuring music, dance and comedy on May 3rd.

Tickets: here

Check out the full film festival schedule: NYIFF 2017

Jiva Celebrates 10 Years

Jiva celebrates 10 years of artistry in NYC!

January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Jiva celebrates its 10 year anniversary with some wonderful events and offerings. We hope you will join us this year to celebrate 10 years of arts blossoming!

Urban Nritta


Jiva Dance's first short film, Urban Nritta (pronounced: nrit-thah), presents classical Bharatanatyam dance against the backdrop of New York City. Nritta is the expression of rhythm through the body in dance, and in this setting we express the rhythms of Indian classical dance and music as well as the beat of the city where we live and create.

The piece we perform is “Into the Battlefield,” excerpted from our original work “Mayura: Blue Peacock.” This scene depicts the dance of the mighty peacock, the vehicle of the Lord Murugan, as it prepares to go into battle. Jiva Dance produces living, breathing classical art for our time and place, in harmony with the rhythms of New York City.

Concept and Choreography: Sonali Skandan
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Jesse Newman
Production Design: Kaela Hill
Dancers: Kumari Mayshark Patel, Maya Kappil, Njideka Emenogu, Poulomi Das, Sonali Skandan
Music Composition: Rajkumar Bharathi
Music Recording: Sai Shravanam, Resound India
Rhythm and Music Direction: Bala Skandan
Produced by: Jiva Performing Arts, Athena and Giri Devulapally, Ramya and Nandu Narayanan, Arpana Gollapalli and Hans Deyssenroth

Thank you to all or wonderful film patrons who helped us create our first Film!
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