Shree Padma Nrityam Academy of performing Arts Inc. (SPNAPA) based in New Jersey, serves as a facilitator for cultural preservation, presentation, and exchange of ideas for South Asian Performing Arts with a primary focus on Indian classical dance – bharatanatyam. Trained under eminent Guru, the noted bharatanatyam exponent Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Bala – a bharatanatyam teacher par excellence, works on developing and perfecting the style that would be seamless and fluid while yet retaining the precision, power and purity of line – typical of classical dance. Bala had the unique opportunity to learn the core components of the 108 Karanas (temple sculptures). The Karanas are governed by artistic laws of permanent value of Natya Sastra, which is the specialty of her Guru Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam a great teacher – whose scholarly thesis on Karanas remains an inspiration to exponents in this field. This New Jersey based premier Bharatanatyam school teaches the revived dance technique translating theoretical concepts into practice, based on her Guru Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam research and teaching. Dr Padma Subrahmanyam has awarded the titles “Bharata Nrtya Seva Mani” and ” Nrtyasali- completed course in 108 Karanas” to Bala Devi Chandrashekar. The New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly passed a joint resolution Honoring Bala Devi chandrashekar in Recognition of service to the Indian Community.

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