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October 9, 7 p.m., Rīgas mākslas telpa, Kungu street 3, Old Riga
Indian dance evening ARUNA

Our life flows according to different laws of nature. The name of the Indian dance evening ARUNA means balance in Sanskrit.
 What does one need to attain this balance? Throughout the evening, the participants will try to find this subtle point. The performance will be held on October 9, under the sign of Libra, which is the symbol of balance and is denoted by the word Aruna in Sanskrit.

The participants of the evening are performers of Indian classical dance studios from Riga:
● Gaura Nataraj Das (Aleksejs Furdaks), Padmini Sridevi (Larisa
Podskočaja), Anna Melngalve and dance studio "Bharata", South Indian style Bharata Natyam;
● Natalya Garanina and her dance studio- North Indian dance style Kathak
● Special guest - Dmitriy Zmeyev (Moscow) South Indian dance style Bharata Natyam.

The evening is organized by cultural center Bharata in collaboration with "Rīgas mākslas telpa"

Ticket costs- 10 € and 5 € (for students, handicapped and pensioners). Tickets are available at Biļešu Serviss.

Info:, info.bharata @, +371 29893978.

17 June 2017, 7 p.m.

Riga Latvian society house, Merkela 13
Baladevi ChandraShekar (USA/India) performance
"BHAKTI YOGA – through Sringara and Shantha Rasa"

Culture center Bharata invite all to world-known, delicate and unusually energetic dancer Baladevi Chandrashekar  (India, USA) recital
"BHAKTI YOGA – through Sringara and Shantha Rasa" on 17 June, at 7 PM in Riga, Merkelya street 13, Riga Latvian Society hous, 1. floor.

The language of dance is not a language that is hard to understand, it denies cultural and geographical borders. Personality of a true dancer accumulates perceptible and imperceptible experience of the world, and shares it with the audience.

Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a disciple of outstanding dancer and researcher Padma Subramanyam, founder and director of the Shri Padma Nrityam Performing arts academy in Princeton, USA. The renowned dancer with her graceful and yet precise approach to the classical dance movements will visit Riga at the beginning of her European tour.

Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a Bharatanatyam exponent and scholar, artist, choreographer and committed teacher of Bharatanatyam. Bala in an exemplary fashion follows the discerning scholarly approach of her legendary Guru Dr Padma Subrahmanyam. Bala takes on subjects with a philosophical leaning and explores various methods through classical dance to interpret spiritual concepts and strives to practice a classicism that is always contemporary in interpretation and communicates across cultures and she actively performs across the world with her own distinct style.
All her production are accompanied by world class music. As a Professor of Practice & Artistic Director of SPNAPA Academy of Performing Arts, Princeton, New Jersey, she imparts valuable knowledge to her many dedicated students. Bala constantly works on developing and perfecting the style that would be seamless and fluid while yet retaining the precision, power and purity of line - typical of classical dance. 

The renowned dancer will visit Riga at the beginning of her European tour.


+371 29893978   info.bharata @

8-10 May 2017
Sangeeta Isvaran abhinaya workshop / lecture demonstration

Sangeeta has inherited a Bharatanatyam [classical dance/theatre form from Tamilnadu, India] practice from the
pioneering maestra, Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan and Smt.Savithri Jagannatha Rao. She has researched
into many performing and visual art traditions across the world, creating a her unique Katradi technique of
empathy based social transformation. For this she was honoured with the highest national award for young
dancers, the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar. She is an empanelled dancer of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations
with a mandate for cultural diplomacy.

8 May, 19:30-21:30
, Strūgu 4
Abhinaya workshop
, all levels

Dancers in nritya (dramatic dance) - how to use the body on all levels to communicate with the rasikas (spectators)
This class will be focused on Angika and Mukhaja Abhinaya - Body and face expression.

9 May,  20:00 
Address: Dzirnavu 102a

Lecture - demonstrations
about Sangeeta`s social work (see attachmant about
Sangeeta) and it connection with the dance.


10 May, 19:00-21:00, Strūgu 4

Shlokam Kunitta puruvamum choreography, all levels.

2017 March 31st
Riga Latvian society house
Dakshina salila or "Stream of gratitude"
Classical Indian dance concert

We are honored to invite all those who appreciate Indian culture and dance for performance of classical Indian
dance "Dakshina salila" or "Stream of gratitude", which will take place
on March 31st at 19:00 at Merkela street 13, Riga Latvian society house,
in the fireplace hall, 1st floor.
Concert is organized by culture centre Bharata and supported by Indian Embassy in Sweden and Latvia.
"Dakshina" means gratitude to teacher for knowledge. It is a way to compensate for gained experience and tuition, as well as sacral gift of benevolence in the most broadest sense. Word "salilam" describes flow or stream of the energy waves.
Gratitude continuously interweaves our lives and this is the moment when we manifest it in the form of concert.
Four dancers will take part in this concert - Pille Roosi from Estonia, Padmini Sridevi (Larisa Podskočaja), Gaura Nataraj (Aleksejs Furdaks) and Anna Melngalve from Latvia. They all belong to one guru-shishya parampara, or knowledge succession system. Each one of them is like a teacher to one another and time has proved that in a miraculous ways these roles can intercross.
The program of the concert includes traditional and thematic temple dance performances.

Tickets  available on Ticket service (Biļešu serviss). Ticket price is 10 €
Students, pupils, seniors and persons with special needs - 5 €.

Information:, +371 29893978


Ом Namah Shivaya
MAHA-SHIVRATRI FESTIVAL 24-25 February 2017 (17.30 – 08.00 am) Whole Night Festival!! Special Festival Prayers, Abhishek, Indian Classical Dances, Music, Lectures, Mantras, DVD Films etc.
Academy Of Sciences Building (Akadēmijas laukums 1) , 3rd Floor, (BIG HALL), In Riga Center!
Bharata studio performance on 8 p.m.
All are welcome, FREE ENTRANCE!!!

11th of June at 19.00 at the Riga Small theatre

Solo production KARNA - Destiny`s Child

by Indian dancer Bala Devi Chandrashekar

Solo production by world-known Indian dancer Bala Devi Chandrashekar
will take place on the 11th of June at 19.00 at the Riga Small theatre
(Stabu 18).

USA-based Bharatanatyam dancer Bala Devi
Chandrashekar has been producing solo theme productions which she
presents at the season.

This year, Bala is here with her version of Karna, one of the fascinating characters of the Mahabharata
- one who is a invincible, supreme warrior with immense strength and
known for valour.

Bala says Karna is among the most popular and complex characters in the Mahabharata, showing both nobility and unjust
behaviour over the course of the epic.

This production explores all the hues of Karna`s emotions trapped in moral dilemmas, the
angst and the conflict with which he grew up with all his life (he was
the first-born son of Kunti and abandoned at birth - found by Adhiratha,
a charioteer and his wife Radha who raised Karna as their own son and
named him Vasusena.

In the Mahabharata war, Karna was obliged to fight from the side of Duryodhana as Duryodhana, recognizing his
merits had made him a king and adopted him as a close friend. Karna
fighting from Kauravas` side was a great worry of the Pandavas.

Karna exhibited godly traits - much like the sun - of dazzling
brilliance and unending generosity, but in Karna`s life there was one
fatal flaw. He kept his friendship and loyalty to Duryodhana at the cost
of being unrighteous and such loyalty leads one to a tragic end.
Karna`s end was the culmination of holding on to adharma, resulting in
Parasurma`s curse, Draupadi`s humiliation and Abhimanyu`s treacherous
killing . . and ultimately, Lord Krishna rewards Karna with the
Vishwaroopam, recognizing all his good deeds, his charity.

Bala Devi says her dance recital will explore the gamut of facets of Karna.

Concept and Choreography - Bala Devi Chandrashekar.

Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a disciple of outstanding dancer and
researcher Padma Subramanyam, founder and director of the Shri Padma
Nrityam Performing arts academy in Princeton, USA. The renowned dancer
with her graceful and yet precise approach to the classical dance
movements will visit Riga at the beginning of her European tour.

are available in the BILESU SERVISS box offices.

More information:
+371 29893978


Bharata Natyam dancers are welcome to join summer camp in Ainazi (Latvia), 1–6 of August.

Teachers list and programm in progress.

Only vegetarian meals will be provided. The participants should take
their own bedding (bed clothing, mattress, sleeping bag or blow-up bed),
yoga mat, and everything for the beach. There will be a concert of
participants at the end of the camp.
Participation fee is 150 €.
The camp is organized by Exotic dance centre ALEGRIA, in cooperation with Indian culture centre BHARATA.

Register before the 15 of June: or +371 29893978.


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