Samridhi's Virtual Dance Learning Program

Learning the nuances of Bharathanatyam through a contemorary  and body friendly approach.

The Spiritual and beyond…

Bhakthi is the root of this Art form. Bharathanatyam depicts Bhakthi, the approach of centering / revolving around God as the supreme entity. The earliest reference of Bharathanatyam in Tamil Literature was from Silappadhikaram, one of the predominant epics in Aiynperunkaapiyangal (5 great epics).

The spiritual lineage behind this art form is magnificent but it does not belong to one specific religion and identity. The energy of the almighty is unique and the universe is ever expanding in his creation. The people of the world are his children and there is no discrimination towards any one,be it gender,culture, religion and language to learn this art form.

Contemporary Bharathanatyam , is of more self propagating than transmitting to the generations , of what we were bestowed. There lies a community responsibility to the generations to come to contribute towards a healthy platform for the development of classical arts. If a person devotes a part of their time and energy in this, it will make the art live long and perfect the person in all respects.​

Our Approach

Samridhi’s approach towards Bharathanatyam is a healthy balance between the physicality of movements and the emotional understanding of spirituality that has to be adhered to as a performer. If you would like to learn more about how we teach and how the classes are you can book a free trial session, meet your teacher and get to know our process.

The Mission…

To inspire learning and devotion through dance.

To promote the significance of traditional learning in a contemporary approach.

To edify learners of all age groups build a healthy relationship with their dancing bodies.

To focus on building a community that enables dance learners to explore.

About the Artist

Rakshita Purisai Raghunathan

Founder & Artistic Director of Samridhi

Rakshita Purisai Raghunathan

Founder & Artistic Director of Samridhi

Rakshita is a Bharathanatyam Performing Artist, Tutor and Choreographer from Coimbatore, India. She is the Founder of Artistic Director of “Samridhi” (www.samridhidance.com) – an e-initiative to teach and promote the Indian Classical Dance – Bharathanatyam.

Samridhi is a registered performing arts business organization founded in 2016,to bring people together to explore the art and to build a community of like-minded Bharathanatyam learners and enthusiasts. Samridhi has been recognized by Google India as a channel of immense value in their project for creating a platform for endemic creators and the growth of classical arts on YouTube.

Smt. Rakshita Purisai Raghunathan is a Bharatanatyam Dancer from Bangalore, India. She is the disciple of Guru Kalaimamani Smt. Ramya Ramnarayan, following the lineage of Guru Swamimalai K Rajaratnam Pillai.

Rakshita started learning dance at an early age of 5. She has also received training in carnatic music from the same age and has performed in prestigious Thyagaraja Aradhana Festivals and Adi Friday Mahotsavams in the city of Coimbatore. Rakshita has had formative training in Pandanallur and Vazhuvoor Styles. After her initial training in Pandanallur with Guru Smt, Amudha Dhandapani, she had her training with Dr. Archana, Sastra Temple of Dance, Coimbatore. Curently, she is a student of Kalaimamani Guru. Smt. Ramya Ramnarayan, New Jersey,USA and is also training in Natya Shastra Karana Vivaranam with Dr. Sujatha Mohan(disciple of Guru, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam). She is also taking specialized training in Nattuvangam from Guru. Kaliswaran Pillai (Lineage of Guru Kathirvel Nattuvanar), Mumbai. She is pursuing her Adhyapika training for Natyacharya.

Rakshita has performed across India in several places, notably – Nadaneerajanam, Tirumala Tirupati, National Bharatanatyam Utsav at Ayodhya , convened by the Ministry of Culture and IECSME- Delhi , Mayuram Nritya Utsav “Varshmangal” held at ICCR, Kolkata, Guru Poornima at Haridwar – Uttarakhand, Guru Samarpana Angaharam , a tribute to Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam held at Chennai, World Tamil Conference , Mahashivaratri Natyanjalis at Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Thiruvaiyyaru, Thiruvidaimarudhoor, Perur and Hosur , Guruvayoor and Chottanikara Temples,Festival of Nrithya Samhitha, Bengaluru,Navratri Nrityotsavas in Chennai and Nritya Seva at several temples and spiritual centres in India.

She recently had the honour of performing virtually at the World Festival of Indian Dance –held at Dora Stratou Greek Theatre at Athens, Greece. A link to the premiere on YouTube can be found at her channel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_LO_7vG7P8

She is a recipient of awards “Nritya Mayuri Samman” from Mayuram Nritya Utsab, ICCR, Kolkata ,”Natya Kalamani” from SHKK Temple Trust, Hosur and has won ‘Yuva Kala Bharati’ award in her earlier days from Bharati Yuvakendra, Madurai. Rakshita is a certified member of International Dance Council, CID (UNESCO) and is affiliated to certify students with International recognitions. She is Certified in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and was also part of the Cohort-South Asia Festival Academy of Edinburgh Napier University in partnership with British Council both from UK. She has  a diploma in Bharathanatyam through training with her Guru. Rakshita is also a member of ABHAI and SPIC-MACAY organizations in India.

Rakshita has started her humble initiative “Samridhi” to teach and train students across the globe through virtual learning management programs in dance, curated and developed by her. Her YouTube Page has about 46 lakh views and she has to her credit, students from over 14 countries enrolled in her classes.

“Art is a form of expression. Art is more done than said”

Rakshita believes that her art involves reaching out to people and cultivating the significance of this art form’s tradition by also exploring unique narratives in the current day and age.

Key Performances

  • Nadaneerajanam – TTD at Tirumala Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
  • National Bharatanatyam Utsav, Ministry of Culture, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh
  • Mayuram Nritya Utsav “Varshmangal” 2023 – ICCR, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • “Guru Samarpana Angaharam” – in the presence of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam – Chennai
  • Guru Poornima Festival – 2019 at Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
  • Godhamrutham Festival – Bhargavi Arts, Seattle, USA – 2021 (Online)
  • Marghazi Nrityotsav, Subham Fine Arts – Mylapore,Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Nrithya Samhitha Festival – Nayana Sabhangana, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • World Tamil Conference 2010 (Semmozhi Maanadu), Coimbatore.
  • Melpathur Auditorium, Guruvayoor Temple Festival, Kerala.
  • The Indian Dance Experience, GIRI (Nritya Seva – Online)
  • Kapaleeshwara Temple – December – 2019, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Natyanjali, Subramania Samaj, Chembur, Mumbai – 2022 (Online)
  • Chottanikkara Temple – February 2020 – Kochi, Kerala
  • ChinnaMelam Festival – 2019 at Brihadeeshwara Temple, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
  • Mayura Natyanjali- Mayiladuthurai, Thanjavur District.
  • Iyarappar Natyanjali- Thiruvaiyaru, Thanjavur District.
  • Thiruvidaimarudhoor Natyanjali – Mahashivaratri 2023 , Thanjavur District
  • Perur Natyanjali, Coimbatore.
  • Natyanjali – 2020 and 2023 – Mahashivarathri – Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu
  • Nritya Aradhana at Chidambaram Temple
  • Shirdi Saibaba 100th year Maha Samadhi Celebrations in the following places –
  • Amma Arangam CKNC, Chennai,
  • Shri Ranga Sai Temple, Trichy.
  • Swagatham Sai Mandir, Coimbatore- 2018,2019.
  • Then Thriupathy Sri Venkateswara Swamy Devasthanam, Sirumughai.
  • Thavatthiru Santhalinga Adigalar Mutt,Perur
  • Sri Gaanalayam Festival for 615th Annamacharya Jayanthi (Online)
  • Tamizh Isai Sangam-Pollachi
  • Solo Recital at Serene Pelican, Columbia Pacific Communities
  • Stage shows in Tirupur,Erode Districts.
  • Annual Celebrations of Dance school,talent shows,events and competitions.

Art Films

  • The Mirage of Inadequacy – FFTG AWARDS – Official Selection(People’s Choice)

Awards

  • “Nritya Mayuri Samman” – “Varshmangal” – ICCR,Kolkata
  • “Natya Kalamani” and “Best Performance Award”- SHKK Temple Trust, Hosur
  • “Yuva Kala Bharathi”-Bharti Yuvakendra, Madurai
  • “Artpreneur of the Year” – Femme Times India – Jaipur

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