Jyotsna is a dedicated Bharatanatyam dancer who has immersed herself in the art from the young age of 5. What started as a childhood hobby turned into her life's mission to learn, perform, create new dance works and teach. A multi faceted personality she holds a Masters in Computer Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is a passionate Product Manager & Visionary currently with Google. She finds that ultimately creativity is the driving force that helps her excel at both Art & Technology
Jyotsna considers herself blessed to have trained in India with eminent Gurus of the Kalakshetra tradition, Padma Bhushan Prof. C.V Chandrasekhar, Aravindakshan & Vasantha Aravind, K.P Kunhiraman & Katherine Kunhiraman. Jyotsna's dance has been commended for neat clean nritta and a natural, communicative approach to abhinaya.
Jyotsna has given numerous solo performances in India, Canada and the US for various
arts organizations and festivals including Ragamala Music Society, YuvaBharathi,
NorthwestFolkLife and at Kartik Fine Arts, Hamsadwani, Parthasarathy Sabha, Mylapore
Fine Arts, Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha and others in Chennai.
In addition to solo performances Jyotsna has also performed in group productions. She has performed extensively with internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Lata Pada (Sampradaya Dance Creations). in numerous productions including Melange; Song
of Mira; Skanda; Re:Percussions; Thygaraja Vibhavam; Revealed by Fire at prestigious venues including the National Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa and the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Toronto.
She was also a performing artist with Contemporary Dance Company NATyA
(http://www.natya.info). Jyotsna continues to share her love for the art by teaching Bharatanatyam at her dance school, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
My dance is born out of a combination of education, training and life experiences, which allows my perspective as an artist to remain traditional yet contemporary. Art is how I battle against the indifference of humans and offer new ways of viewing the world.
I started my dance journey under the keen guidance of Guru Vasantha Aravindan in Chennai and then continued my training with Guru Katherine Kunhiraman in Berkeley, CA. In recent years I have been privileged to study with Padma Bhushan Prof C.V Chandrasekhar and renowned Abhinaya exponent Smt. Bragha Bessell in Chennai.
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