Bala Devi Chandrashekar -- Profile
Bala Devi Chandrashekar
is an Artistic Director and an acclaimed senior artist, choreographer and
research scholar of Indian Classical Dance -- Bharata
is the artistic Director of Shree Padma
Nrityam Academy of performing arts Princeton NJ. Bala studies theater
and dance from a cross cultural perspective. She practices a classicism that
is always contemporary in interpretation and communicates across cultures.
Bala has been a consistent performer for varied audiences
across the U.S.
and abroad, making a significant mark on the concert platform. She is a panel
artist with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has participated in
recent intercultural and performing arts events as consultant and mentor and
most recently was the recipient of grants from the N.J. Humanities Council,
Texas Commission on the Arts and Ohio State Council on the Arts. She was
recently awarded by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for
coaching students in exceptional artistic achievements. She is working with the Education Department of McCarter
Theatre on the touring production of “The Arabian Nights,” on aspects of
production, movement and puppetry, and design research for costumes. She is also an active participant in some of the
prestigious dance seminars and workshops. More recently she delivered a Master
class and performance of Bharatha Nrityam
for the Department of Asian Studies, Barnard
University, and International
Center, Princeton University.
She is involved in developing “Performing Studies” in collaboration with
Theater, Dance, History, Philosophy, Linguistic Anthropology and Music
departments of various universities in the United States.
In addition to her artistic endeavors, Bala is an independent management consultant. She lives in Princeton with her husband and two sons.