At the tender age of six, I could not possibly have comprehended the magnificence of this revered art, Bharatanatyam. Putting girl children through the paces of Bharatanatyam was de rigueur in traditional families in Madras those days and mine was no exception. I remember walking on one auspicious day, full of apprehension as well as hope, into the nearby dance school holding my mother's hand.

Well…Years have rolled by. As I look back now, I am overwhelmed by what Bharatanatyam has blessed me with. It has given me everything in life I could have asked for .. happiness, health, prosperity, beautiful relationships and, above all, a sense of fulfilment. Adding yet another delightful chapter to this tale, my daughter Srinidhi now joins me in this great journey.

Decades of dancing in front of audience of all hues, teaching students from many countries and meeting art lovers in different parts of the world have enriched my life.

As the Director of Kalasagara UK, I invite you to take a look into my dance world and to share some thoughts about our common interest - Bharatanatyam



Dear Usha Ji,

Delighted and inspired to read through all the reactions from the audience and the critics.

You have made a huge and very significant contribution to the strengthening and propagation of Indian arts and culture in Britain, and have brought prestige and professionalism to it, for which we all ought to be very grateful. ..... the success of one person contributes to the strength of everyone in the sector. SO we should really collectively rejoice in this!

Greetings and best wishes and may your work and contribution in the cause of our arts and culture continue to grow and prosper-

With warm regards
Director, Milapfest, UK


Copyright (C) Usha Raghavan (2015)           




Voices is a cross continental production that has received rave reviews from critics on the inaugural show in London, UK.

The show now premieres in New York on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at 4:00 PM at Dixon Place.

Link to Narthaki review here.

Link to interview with Brown Girl Magazine here.

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