Founders & Directors
Smt. Sowmya Sridhar is a Bharatanatyam dancer, teacher and choreographer committed in preserving Bharatanatyam in its full integrity and bringing it to diverse audiences. As a founder of Sainrithya Dance Academy and an Artistic Director, She has choreographed and directed several dance productions on various themes, raising funds for several deserving causes.
Smt. Sowmya Sridhar and her sister Smt. Shalini Srinivasan are 2nd in lineage to Smt. Rukmini Arundale, founder of Kalakshetra. Both of them were initiated into the art of Bharatanatyam by “Natyacharya” S. Aravindan from Kalakshetra. They have received specialized training from the renowned artist Sri. M.V Narasimhachari. Sowmya also received specialized training in Mohiniattam from Smt. Vasantha Aravindan. Both have given performances all over USA and India including the renowned “Natyanjali” festival that is celebrated every year in Chidambaram. The sisters have trained over 600 students and graduated many over the years.
Both of them recently were awarded the title Natya Jyothi in appreciation of their service in the field of Bharatanatyam for the past 25 years. They continue the centuries old tradition of passing on this classical art form to the next generation by identifying and training students who have the dedication and passion for it.
Our Company Dancers & Volunteer Instructors
- Norman North
- Oklahoma School of
Science & Mathematics
- Edmond Memorial
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.
Bharatnaytam has been a very significant part of my life and who I am today, teaching me about passion, determination and creativity. It allows me to escape from any stress and difficulties in my life by giving me an outlet to express myself in a beautiful way. Through teaching and performing this form I have met new people, learned how to be a role model, and have ventured to life-changing places. Lastly, Bharatnaytam helps keep me connected to my heritage and culture.
In my free time, I love to play tennis and piano. Due to my interest in medicine, I have co-founded an organization named “Club Med” to help spread education about the health sciences to high schoolers in my community.
To me, Bharatanatyam is not only a form of art but it’s also a way of expression. Whether it’s on or off the stage, dance has taught me that persistent hard work and dedication towards something that I am passionate about will be rewarding because of the experiences and relationships created. The feeling of dancing on a stage with my closest friends and for people who not only appreciate the art form but also cherish is truly unmatched. Dance will forever be momentous in my life because of these things and for that I will be forever grateful.
Overall I would like to end by saying that to me dance is not only an activity but a lifestyle.
I play competitive tennis, play the piano and violin, and I love to travel.
- Classen SAS at Northeast
- University of Oklahoma
- Edmond Memorial
For me, dance is my safe place. When I get on stage, I forget about everything. I don’t worry about what I look like, what people will think of me, anything. I’m dancing for me! Now, getting to share that amazing and gratifying feeling makes me truly happy. When I see my students dance, I remember when I was learning those pieces and how much fun I had. It’s an experience I will cherish for a lifetime. Dance has helped me connect and stay true to my heritage. I have learned so much about my culture and have been able to share it to so many.
On the side, I enjoy playing tennis, piano, and I volunteer at various places, such as charity 5k’s and walks. I am also on Classen’s Varsity Tennis Team. I have chaired many charity drives, including blood drives and food can drives for my school. I also am part of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen board, am StuCo president, and founded a club called Club Med. I enjoy reading, biking, and watching netflix.
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.
I love working with kids and I hope to be a pediatric neurologist one day.
Bharatanatyam is an extraordinary experience to connect with my roots, and definitely something to take pride in. I am extremely thankful to have been given the opportunity to learn bharatanatyam from the most authentic source out there. The feeling of performance, the rush of dancing in front of an audience with stage lights glaring down, or even dancing in front of family and friends is unmatched.
The hush that falls right before the music plays and that sense of unity dancing alongside my peers has become almost a second nature. That is unquestionably a part of my motivation to continue learning and practicing bharatanatyam for me. The satisfaction after a good performance is a tremendous reward for all the hours put in. You truly get more than you give.
Aside from dancing, I participate in piano and sit first chair playing the cello, I also partake in many clubs such as Youth and Government, Leadership, Academic Team, and STEM club.