Nirupama Vaidyanathan



Nirupama Vaidyanathan


Nirupama Vaidyanathan has studied the Classical Dance of Southern India for more than thirty years.

Nirupama is a dancer, teacher and choreographer of Bharatanatyam, a South Indian classical dance form. She is conversant in the development of Classical Dance in India, its relationship to the cultural development and its relationship to Folk Dancing in India.

She has a Master’s degree in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She learned in India under acknowledged master teachers, Swamimalai Rajarathnam and Kalanidhi Narayanan and continues to keep the dance traditions of her country alive in America.

Completing her solo dance debut at the age of twelve, Nirupama has performed over 300 solo dance recitals all over India, the United States, and in Afghanistan. She is the founding Artistic Director of Sankalpa School of dance in Fremont, where she trains youngsters in this art form.

Nirupama has choreographed and presented several full-length thematic and critically acclaimed dance productions through Sankalpa Dance Foundation, a non-profit that she founded.