Founder, Director and Instructor
Divya Narayanan is a multifaceted artist with an all-round excellence in the field of traditional Indian Classical Dances of Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattom, Kathakali, Folk dances of India and Bollywood dances. She has more than 35 years of expertise in the multifaceted field as a popular & versatile performer, innovative & imaginative choreographer, teacher, trainer and presenter. With about 600 performances to her credit including national and international appearances throughout India while she was in New Delhi, the national capital of India, and in the U.S at Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and Utah. She has conducted 7 Arangetrams of her students.
Divya is a triple scholarship recipient in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattom and Kathakali. She is a Government of India panel graded artist in Doordarshan , the national TV channel of India.
After completing basic training in Bharatanatyam from Guru Aruna Subramaniam who is a national 'A' grade danseuse, Divya pursued her higher studies under Guru V. Krishnamoorthi with kalakshetra traditions. Guru Krishnamoorthi also imparts training in traditional folk dances and Kuchipudi, the vibrant traditional dance form from the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Divya received training in Mohiniyattom, the graceful traditional dance form of the state of Kerala, from Kalamandalam Seema Venugopal, also a National 'A' grade danseuse. Later she was fortunate to receive the traditional Gurukulam style training from the living legend and doyen of Mohiniattom, Kalamandalam Kalyanikutti Amma, sponsored by the SPIC-MACAY the foremost organization of India dedicated to the propagation of India's rich heritage through traditional Indian classical Music and Dance forms. Later she started learning from one of the senior most disciple of Smt. Kalyanikutti Amma, Dr. Deepti Omcherry Bhalla , a renowned artist and Head of the Department in the Music Faculty, Delhi University.
Divya underwent a seven year Kathakali training course from Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan , Principal of International Centre for Kathakali and Sadanam Hari Kumar which helped her to perfect her rhythm and abhinaya.
Divya was also pursuing training in Carnatic Music from Dr. Leela Omcherry of Music faculty, Delhi University and from her senior disciple Geetha Rajan. Divya received an All-Round Excellence scholarship for her school studies. She graduated from a prestigious college, Hansraj from Delhi University in majoring in English.
Divya worked as a dance teacher and choreographer in one of the prestigious schools in India named Montfort Senior Secondary School run by the Gabriel Society. She imparted training to more than thousand students in various dance forms, choreographing and presentation for various school functions. She prepared and presented them for inter-school competitions for which the school won many prizes.
Divya was self-employed with her own Dance Academy "Divyanjali Institute of Classical Dances", propagating and promoting traditional Indian Classical Dances and imparting specialized training to more than 200 students, including some visiting students from United States for a period of seven years. Divya had composed, choreographed, directed and presented some of her student's performances for the Indian television audience.
In the U.S. Divya conducted Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattom and Bollywood dance lessons for adults and children in Massachusetts and New Jersey. She now resides in Utah and is conducting dance classes in Salt Lake City and Herriman.