Tradition. Precision. Grace.
We are proud of our wide network of Sainrithya Alumni
Learn more about how dance has impacted their life journey...
Meghna Shankar - Company Dancer
Med Student at Oklahoma State University
I started learning Bharathnatyam at the age of 5 from Sowmya Aunty and Ramya Aunty. It’s hard to believe that I have been their student for seventeen years! Throughout my time, I have had numerous rewarding experiences representing Sai Nrithya dance academy.
From winning second place with my sister, Swathi in the international dance festival at OU to many road trips to Arkansas and Dallas for various performances to traveling to India with my fellow company dancers performing at many prominent temples in South India. I am so grateful to Ramya Aunty and Sowmya Aunty for giving me these experiences and shaping me into the dancer I am today. My best wishes to the current and future students of Sainrithya!
Tanvi Saran - Company Dancer
Med Student at University of North Carolina
Sainrithya dance academy has been such a significant part of my life. I’ve been a part of this school since I was 5, and I’ve built so many life-long relationships that I will cherish. It founded my passion for dance, and I will always be grateful for that. I know I received the best possible instruction from my two amazing teachers, and they always pushed me to do my best. Dance is such a major part of my life, and this school is the place where it all started.
Akansha Chandrasekhar - Company Dancer
Med Student at Baylor University
Dance has been a powerful force that has shaped me in every phase of my life. As a young child, dance taught me what it means to be passionate and as I grew up, that passion bloomed into the dedication and discipline that I carry today. As an immigrant that spent much of my childhood moving between countries. Learning Bharatanatyam allowed me to reconnect to my roots and embrace the beauty in my culture. I teach dance so that other kids can develop a similar appreciation for their heritage while making unforgettable memories.
Ovea Koushik - Company Dancer
Pre-Med Student at Emory University
Throughout my life, I have pursued a countless number of activities, but bharathanatyam, though it has strayed from me at times, has been the only thing I can always come back to. By teaching and pursuing this art, I’ve learned patience, endurance, strength, and most importantly, genuine passion. I have the honor of feeling truly connected to my heritage and not only seeing my culture from a distance but being apart of it. Dance has also allowed me to find others who share my passion, and through that, create life long friends.
In my free time, I explore other art forms such as the double bass, piano and western classical dance. I also work to pass on my knowledge in math and science to others.
Semony Shah - Company Dancer
Student at the University of Virginia
Growing up as an Indian-American has been an identity that I have struggled to represent through my various commitments through the years. Bharatnatyam allowed me to showcase my heritage, and has taught me the satisfaction I should feel for my unique culture. But what I’m most grateful for through this art has been the opportunity to stay authentic to who I am, and to display my identity to all of the communities that surround me.
Simren Shah - Company Dancer
BME Student at Johns Hopkins
Dance has been one of my biggest passions for most my life. It’s allows me to keep in touch with my cultural roots through expressive storytelling and connects my mind to my body through technical movements. Dance has taught me discipline, teamwork, and precision: all valuable lessons I carry through everything I do in life.
Kavya Khanna - Company Dancer
Pre-Med Student at the University of Oklahoma
Sainrithya has given me the remarkable opportunity to preserve and appreciate such an alluring art form. What I have taken away from barathnatyam, is something irreplaceable by any of the other activities I am currently involved in. The complex technique and expression that is a key asset to this dance, isn’t the only thing I benefitted from. It was the daily practice, and valuable instruction from my Gurus that enriched me with knowledge I am able to carry out in many aspects of my life. It is so pleasing to be around other dancers who share the same drive and value for dance. I’m very thankful for the impact that dance has had on me in the past years.
Rishika Khanna - Company Dancer
Student at the University of California, Los Angles
I would say that Bharatnatyam is a very unique way to get in touch with my backgrounds and roots. Along with learning the dance form, we also got to learn about stories and traditions from my culture. Sainrithya created a sense of community for me letting me be around people who wanted to learn dance and now they are some of my closest friends
B.S from Georgetown and M.S student at IE University, Madrid
Dance has most certainly been one of the most fundamental aspects of who I am. It’s taught me so much about myself and my ability to grow, but also about my South Asian identity in such a creative and beautiful way. My foundations in Bharatanatyam with Sainrithya Dance Academy were so strong because the technical and expressive sides of dance were equally emphasized and trained. I met some of my best friends and mentors through this community, and it will always be extremely close to my heart. Even though I had to move immediately after my arangetram, my connection to dance only exponentially grew with time. I’m so thankful to Sowmya Aunty, Ramya Aunty, and Tanvi Saran (my dance partner in crime) for the beautiful relationships we have formed and the incredible art form you have passed on to me.