Community Outreach

We love to engage with people!

NDT has a highly acclaimed Community Outreach Program that presents nearly 40 programs every year to over 20,000 people in schools and universities, museums, libraries, and community organizations.

The Outreach Program brings Bharata Natyam to life and engages people of all ages in reduced-fee or free of charge programs, with programs that are tailored specifically to the needs of each individual school or organization. Natya deepens the educational experience at each and every performance by means of accompanying English language lecture-demonstrations and extensive program notes. The result is that all audiences, no matter their background, have an enjoyable and connected artistic experience. Sample lesson plans and more program information is available by emailing

Your group brought an irresistible combination of expression, energy and professionalism to the event. We hope that you will continue to discover the museum in the future and that we can call on you for your expertise, especially in the realm of our educational programs.
Mezma Belsara, Associate Museum Educator, Peabody Essex Museum
Community Outreach

Program options include

Performances for ensemble or full-company


Lecture demonstrations

Residencies (one day to several weeks)

Recent Chicago Area Outreach Program Partners

Apna Ghar Center for Battered Women

Art Institute of Chicago

Association House

Chicago Children’s Choir

Chicago Children’s Museum

Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Symphony Center

Duncan YMCA

George Rogers Clark School
(Kraft Foods Art Discovery Program)

Girl Scouts of DuPage County

Harold Washington Library

Highland Park High School

Indian Classical Music Society

Indo-American Center

John Spry Community Link School
(with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education)

Lake Forest College

Lookingglass Theatre

Lucent Technologies

Northeastern Illinois University

Peace Museum

Ravinia Festival

Ridge Park Theater Camp

Skokie Festival of Cultures

The Field Museum

University of Illinois, Chicago

World Festival of Ancient Cultures