Aparna Sindhoor

Aparna S.

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Dr. Aparna Sindhoor, founder and Artistic Director of Navarasa Dance Theater is a teacher, choreographer and a performer. She one of the leading exponents of the Mysore Style Bharatanatyam and a master teacher of yoga, wellness and martial arts kalari ppayattu. She was awarded the NPN creation award, Arts International fellowship, “ShaktiDhama woman the year” and nominated for Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award and Kerala Film award. She has choreographed movies: Santhosh Sivan’s, Anandabadhram, S M Raju’s Varnam and has worked with Oscar winner Antony Dod Mantel and Cirque du soleil famed Franco Dragone’. She has been touring and creating more than fifteen dance-theater inspired by people’s movement for social justice. She was an artist-in-residence and has performed at Bates Dance Festival, University California at Santa Barbara, Wellesley college, Asian Art Museum, The CULTCH, Teesri Duniya Theatre, Ragayana and Amol Palekhar’s Theater Festival. Sindhoor started her training in dance with her mother Dr. Srivalli and in music with her father Prof. Balasubramanyam a young age and continued to study for fifteen years with legendary, Dr. Venkatalakshamma (Mysore palace dancer) and with other teachers including Lalitha Srinivasan. She is trained in yoga at Ramana Gyanna Kendra, Mysore, Kalari, music and acting. She is a Gold Medalist in Dance (Mysore University) and a PhD in Dance (Boston University.)

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  • Speaks Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, English
  • PhD - Dance, Cultural Studies, Women's Studies from Boston University

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Experience

Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2019 - Present

California State University Northridge (CSUN)

Teacher and Director
Oct 1996 - Present

Navarasa Dance Theater

Teaching dance, yoga and martial arts since 1996

Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2015 - Dec 2015

Santa Monica College

Adjunct faculty of dance: Indian dance at Santa Monica College.


Education

Yoga
Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Back bay Yoga

PhD - Dance, Cultural Studies, Women's Studies
Sep 2003 - May 2009

Boston University

Yoga
Jan 1990 - Sep 1996

Ramana Gyana Kendra

Dance
Jan 1980 - May 1996

Venkatalakshamma

BA Performing Arts
May 1987 - May 1990

University of Mysore


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Hindi

Professional Proficiency

Kannada

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Tamil

Professional Proficiency


Awards

NPN Creation Award
Aug 2013

National Performers Network

Woman of the Year
Oct 2010

Shakti Dhama - Women's Institute, Mysore


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