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Maya Gopalkrishnan



Instructor Description

An established danseuse of the Indian classical dance style Bharatha Natyam, Maya has grown into a connoisseur of the art by following her passion since the tender age of four. She has the unique distinction of having performed her Arangetram (1st public performance) at the young age of nine. Thereafter, she has had to her credit over a hundred performances across the country in a career spanning nearly three and half decades.

Under the aegis of the illustrious Gurus, Late Kalaimamani Guru T.K. Mahalingam Pillai and Kalaimamani Guru K. Kalyanasundaram of Sri Rajarajeswari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir, Matunga, Mumbai; she has been chiseled into the nuances of the art. She has also been teaching this dance form for almost two decades.



Was part of the Core Cultural Team leading the 90th Birthday Celebrations of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba, in Puttaparthi, involving over 2000 Children, from 90 schools, across the country, for multiple cultural presentations through the whole of 2015.

Over the past three years, she has choreographed dance pieces and taught basics of Bharathanatyam at a couple of rural schools in the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, as part of the Cultural Programmes of the Sri Satya Sai Vidya Vahini project, wherein Education in Human Values is integrated into secular academics.

Performed at Hiranandani School, Powai, Mumbai for the Annual Festival of Powai Fine Arts in Jan 2013 under the aegis of her Guru Kalaimamani Guru K. Kalyanasundaram in the august presence of Pandit Jasraj and renowned singer Hariharan.

On the occasion of the 9th Easwaramma Memorial Lecture on “The role of women in society”, organized by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Mumbai on May 6th, 2012, she presented her production – “Bhakti Pravaham”, this time based on the theme “Pancha Maha Bhavas”.

Produced, conceptualised, scripted, choreographed and performed along with her students a 2 ½ hour dance presentation entitled “Bhakti Pravaham” based on the theme “Nava Vidha Bhakti” at the Annual Festival of Mulund Fine Arts Society, Mumbai on 26th Jan, 2011.

She has had the honour of having some of her students perform their Arangetram and subsequently at some of the dance festivals in the city of Mumbai.



Recipient of the scholarship awarded by the Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development for the years 1998-2000.

Recipient of the National Talent Research Scholarship for the years 1990-1999.

Gold Medalist representing the University of Mumbai at the Annual National Youth Festival organized by the All India University, 1997- 1998.

Gold Medalist at the Inter College Youth Festival organized by the University of Mumbai, 1997-1998.

Recipient of the Guru Govindaraj Pillai Trophy for the Best Bharatha Natyam Dancer from the University of Mumbai, 1997-1998.

Won the First Prize in the Classical Dance Competition conducted by the Nehru Centre during the Centenary Celebrations of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, 1991.

Gold Medalist in the Zonal & Final Classical Dance Celebrations conducted by the Pacific Cultural Association, Mumbai, 1989.

Won the First Prize at several Intra & Inter collegiate Festivals.
SOLO: Performed solo at various festivals. Some of the major ones being:

“Bindu – The Mystic Dot” – A unique presentation blending Natya, Tantra and Modern art where the artistes brought in their own perspectives on the theme n performed to live painting by the renowned artiste Meena Das Narayan

“Wings of Fire” – A thematic presentation at the National Cultural Festival held in Bangalore in the memory of the 1st Death Anniversary of our ex-President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kala (2016).

Akhila Bharatiya Yuva Shastriya Nritya Mahotsav, organized by the Nehru Centre, Mumbai (1995).

Dance festival organized by ISCKON, Mumbai (1995)

Apna Utsav (1989), Vivid Kala Mahotsav(1991), organized by the Government of Maharashtra.

Performed for the 9th Easwaramma Memorial Lecture on “The role of women in society”, organized by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Mumbai (2009)

GROUP PRESENTATIONS: Major participation in the Group Productions, Dance Dramas, Thematic Presentations, Temple festivals choreographed & presented by Guru K. Kalyanasundaram of Sri Rajarajeswari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir.
Dance Dramas:

SKANDA LEELA – Played the leading role of Valli in this Dance Drama, describing the glory of Lord Subramaniam based on the Tamil classic Thirupughazh, for the Major Annual festival of Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai (2009).

VASANTHAVALLI – Dance Drama based on the famous Thirukkutrala Kuravanji, the ancient Tamil Classic, Chembur Fine Arts Society, Mumbai (2003)


Thematic Presentations:

BHARATI NRITYANJALI – A Presentation based on the immortal works of Mahakavi Sri Subramania Bharatiyar, organized by Bharathi Kala Manram (2008)

MAHATMA ANJALI –  A Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi highlighting his noble ideals, Russian Cultural Centre (2001), Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha (2002), Mumbai.

JAYA JAYA SHANKARA –  A Presentation based on the Divine works of Adi Shankaracharya in the presence of their holiness Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswati Shankaracharya Mahaswamigal and Sri Vijayendra Saraswati Shankaracharya Swamigal, Mumbai (2000)

SHAKTI MAHIMA – A Presentation describing the divine glory of Shakti based on the immortal lyrics of Saint Poets of India, for the National Seminar for Atomic Research, Mumbai. (1999)

ILAKKIOA BHARATHAM – A Presentation based on the Tamil Classics viz. Kambha Ramayana, Selapathikaaram, , Thirukkural, etc. for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of The Bombay Tamil Sangham, Mumbai (1999)

BHAKTI NRITYA – A Presentation based on the devotional works of Saint Poets Adi Shankaracharya, Tukaram, Meerabai, Tulsidas, Thyagaraja & Others For:

Delhi Festival of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Sri Rajarajeswari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir, New Delhi (Nov,2006)

International Scientists Meet on Communication, Indian National Science Academy Auditorium, New Delhi (2006)

Swarn Nritya Pratibha, A Festival of Dance organized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Vadodara (2004).

Annual Function organized by the Governor of Maharashtra in honour of the Consul Generals & Deputy High Commissioners of leading countries viz. U.S.A., U.K., France, Russia, China, Japan, Germany, Korea & many others, Raj Bhavan, Mumbai (2002)

Punya Tithi Celebrations of Shirdi Sai Baba, Shirdi (2002)

73rd Birthday Celebrations of Sri Satya Sai Baba, Puttaparthi (1998)

Dance Festival organized by the Government of Gujarat at three major cities, Mehsana, Bhavnagar, Baroda (1998)

Spirit of Unity Concerts for Universal Integration, Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi (1996)


Temple festivals:

Melattoor Bhagavatha Mela festival – Melattoor (2008)

Garbharakshambikai Devi temple – Thirukarugavur (2008)

Sri Rajarajeswari Temple,Bhajana Samaj, Mumbai – Navratri festival (2008 & 2009)

Madhyarjuna Temple of Sri Mahalingaswami, Thiruvidaimarudur -Mahakumbhabhishekham of the temple.(2007)

Oppiliappan Temple, near Kumbakonam – Ram Navami Festival.(2007)

Asthika Samaj, Mumbai – Ram Navami Festival.(2007)

Chidambaram Temple – Natyanjali Festival (2006)

Amba Bhavani Temple, Mumbai – Navratri Festival (2005)


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations (2005) of Sri Rajarajeswari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir, inaugurated by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the then President of India, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Music Academy, Chennai (2003).

Kalki Centenary Celebrations, Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai (1999)

Chief Guests: Sri. R. Venkataraman, Ex-President of India, Padma Vibhushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Semangudi Srinivasan

Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Sri Rajarajeswari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir inaugurated by Sri P.C. Alexander, the then Governor of Maharashtra, Nehru Centre, Mumbai (1995)

Other Assignments
Featured as “Valli” in a documentary film by the news channel NDTV on Lord Ganesha.

Modeled in TV commercials for several leading brands including Kellogs, Kelvinator, Kit-Kat, Liberty, Brooke Bond, Complan, Sky Cell, General Insurance, AV for Halls, Rin Powder.

Featured in the popular serial “Waghle ki Duniya”

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