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 Nrityam.  She 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 College, Columbia 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.