Artistic Staff

Hema Rajagopalan

Founder and Artistic Director

Hema Rajagopalan is a Bharata Natyam dancer, teacher and choreographer of international reputation. She is the founder and artistic director of Natya Dance Theatre, a professional touring company and school that has specialized in Bharata Natyam for more than 35 years. Her innovative work preserves Bharata Natyam in its full integrity, developing the art form in new directions and bringing it to diverse audiences all over the world.

Krithika Rajagopalan

Co-Artistic Director

Krithika Rajagolpalan is a dancer, master teacher and choreographer who began her dance training under world-renowned practitioners Hema Rajagopalan and Padma Bhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. She is trained in Gyrokenesis ® and Gyrotonic ®, which she utilizes as a training method for Bharata Natyam dancers. She is also trained in the art of Kalaripayattu (Indian martial arts) and yoga. Krithika is Associate Artistic Director of Natya Dance Theatre and its principal dancer.