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Bharatanatyam dance
 
Soumya Rajaram dancing Bharatanatyam, Bharatanatyam dance, 2015; Soumya Rajaram; Lexington, Massachusetts;
Soumya Rajaram dancing Bharatanatyam, Bharatanatyam dance, 2015
Soumya Rajaram
Lexington, Massachusetts
 
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Soumya Rajaram
Lexington, MA
Soumya Rajaram performs and teaches Bharatanatyam dance, a South Indian classical tradition with strong spiritual connections to Hindu religion and mythology. Although originally a hereditary tradition handed down by the Devadasi, the teaching of Bharatanatyam has become institutionalized. Indeed, Soumya came up within a deep lineage of dance teachers trained at the Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai, India. In addition to her years of dedicated training in the technique and expressive elements of Bharatanatyam, she has extensive training in Carnatic music, which is integral to Bharatanatyam dance.

Known for her exacting standards, Soumya is skilled in nritta (abstract dance) and abhinaya (emotive aspect).

She performs regularly at festivals and concerts and is thought of highly by senior dance teachers who first brought Bharatanatyam to southern New England. Soumya is an active contributor to the India arts community in Greater Boston. She continues to enhance her learning under the mentorship of Sheejith Krishna, spending a few months a year at his studio and home in Chennai.

Soumya Rajaram was named a Traditional Arts Finalist in the 2016 MCC Artist Fellowship Program.
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