Upcoming Events


a program of music, dance, and spoken word

St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery Church 131 East 10thStreet, NYC
FREE and open to the public
Saturday, October 5th | 2:00 PM

The National Day of Action Against Domestic Violence is organized by Healing Voices-Personal Stories, a non-profit film company creating films that offer the stories of survivors who have escaped the prison of domestic violence and have created new lives for themselves. This program is offered to raise awareness of the scourge of domestic violence. The event includes a Die-In, symbolic performance by volunteers as a visual demonstration of the shocking number of women’s deaths due to domestic violence in the U.S.

Featuring performances by:
Ivanka Figueroa, dancer
Joy Kelly, actor/storyteller
Regina Ress, storyteller
Sonali Skandan, dancer
Jeannine Otis, musician
Vissi Dance Theater
For more info: www.dvdayofaction.org/manhattan

*This is a free event

Akshara Music Ensemble and double bill with Samarth Nagarkar, Stamford CT

Akshara Music Ensemble is coming to Stamford,CT

The Ferguson Library, One Public Library Plaza, Stamford, CT
Tickets: Here
October 5th | 6:30 PM

Organized by the VYN Foundation Inc Stamford, Akshara Music Ensemble and Samarth Nagarkar will be performing a double-bill on October 5th at The Ferguson Library.

Akshara Music Ensemble Featuring : Bala Skandan ( Mridangam and Vocal Percussion), Suryaksha Deshpande (Tabla), Max ZT( Hammered Dulcimer) and Dave Eggar (Cello).

Hindustani Vocal Concert: Samarth will be accompanied by Suryaksha Deshpande on Tabla and Anirban Chakrabarty on Harmonium.


*Seating based on first come first serve

Jiva Dance at the Lotus World Dance Festival 2019

Jiva Dance is excited to perform at the Lotus Music and Dance World Dance Festival 2019

Manhattan Movement Arts Center, 248 West 60th St NYC
Tickets: Here
Sat October 27th | 4:00 PM

The Lotus Dance and Music presents Dancing Across Cultural Borders featuring Jiva Dance and musical ensemble. The festival includes pre-performance discussions and demonstrations that will provide information on the cultural context and technique of the art form.


Dancers: Sonali Skandan, Maya Kappil, Amrita Doshi
Nattuvangam: Kiran Rajagopalan
Vocals: Vignesh Ravichandran
Mridangam: Bala Skandan
Violin: Neha Krishnamachary

Jiva’s 2019 Annual Campaign

Will You consider Supporting Jiva into 2019?


Jiva has become a proven leader in the preservation and promotion of the classical arts of India in the US, and your continued support is needed now more than ever to help us continue our work. This year, Jiva is not hosting an annual Gala, but relying on our annual campaign and donations from supporters like you to continue our work.

We ask that you consider making fully tax-deductible donation to allow us to continue the work we do. Your donation to Jiva will help support:
The premiere of Jiva dance’s new production in NYC
Our annual Vidyanjali student recital
Our very intimate solo studio showcases
Our Master Workshops and informal seminars
A growing Jiva faculty
Our valuable Program Assistant
Our daily operational costs, which includes space, marketing, insurance ands bank fees to name a few
Plus many more endeavors that Jiva is a part of

We are hoping to raise a much needed $35,000 by Dec. 31, 2018 to help support our programming costs.

Please consider and help shape the future of Indian classical dance in NYC. If you would like to donate, please click this link here .

A little bit about Jiva....
Jiva has proven itself to be one of the leading Indian classical arts organizations in the area. We have received considerable recognition not only in the New York Times, but has also been recognized as a growing leader in the arts: among many accomplishments, Jiva was invited to bring classical Indian dance to the Joffrey Ballet School for the first time in its 62-year history, the first Indian dance company to be awarded the CUNY Dance Initiative residency where Jiva dance has developed its new work, recording Bharatanatyam lessons for Juilliard’s new online educational programs, and receiving the inaugural Dance/NYC Dance Advancement Fund as well as grants from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

In the past year alone, Jiva has presented at some very major venues including the 92STY, Symphony Space, Queens College, Gibney Dance and St. Lawrence University. Our work has been featured by NBC Universal, and Jiva Dance’s first dance film short was an official selection at the NY Indian Film Festival. Jiva has presented master artists from India as well as Grammy-award winning musician Glen Velez. Jiva has presented intimate concerts as its signature Solo Studio showcase, the abhinaya baithak and the chamber music series throughout the NYC area, supporting professional local artists and students. All of this was in large part due to your continued support.

Our appeal is vital - In the arts economy that we live in, recognition and achievement does not bring with it the support Jiva needs to sustain its everyday creative and operational needs, as well as its growing educational programming. Jiva has received more and more support from foundations and government grant-agencies. Yet these grants – as is often the case – only fund a small percentage of these projects and operations. It is your tax-deductible contribution that makes our programming possible, and helps us further our mission and goals. Please see the pie charts below which demonstrates how your donations have supported tour work in the last fiscal year.

We thank you for supporting Jiva, and we look forward to seeing you at future events!

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