Gayathri Suswaram is an aspiring artist as well as one of the youngest blossoming teachers in the field of Bharatanatyam. She has been attending Bharatanatyam classes in the Kalakshetra style since the tender age of 5. For the past 13 years, she has been under the instruction and guidance of Smt. Padma Thiagaram, a disciple of the famed Dhananjayans. In addition, for the past 6 years, she has also been under the guidance of Suryanarayana Moorty, a lecturer at Kalakshetra.  She also had the opportunity of being taught by the Dhananjayans for three years. Gayathri staged her Arangetram graciously and brilliantly in August of 2003 which ended with the thundering of a standing ovation. Since then Gayathri has performed special solo and group performances as well as sponsored performances in various temples and cultural gatherings in many different parts of the U.S and India. Gayathri is highly recognized and awarded for her authentic expressions, her flexibility in playing different characters, and her powerful yet graceful execution in her dances.  She started her career as a dance instructor by teaching as an assistant dance teacher under the guidance of Smt. Padma Thyagaram at the young age of 16.  She has experience teaching many Pre and Post-Arangetram students as well as guiding other professionals. She has also volunteered for 4 years at the Krishna Vrindavana Temple in Woodbridge, NJ by teaching and staging a small group of students. As a young teacher, Gayathri is known for her patience, maturity, professionalism, originality, and her outstanding choreography. She has choreographed for her students’ performances, for the school of Abhinaya, various lead dances in the dance dramas under the association of Taranga, and for many other cultural activities and individual dancers. Gayathri envisions to bring discipline and superior quality along with excellence to her dance school, Shiva Tala Institute of Bharatanatyam. She aims to take her young students towards the rich knowledge, skill, and discipline that Bharatanatyam offers.

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