Smt. Priyadarsini Govind


Priyadarsini Govind, photo S. Bernier

Is one of the best ambassadors of her art in the world and few other dancers have known such international recognition. Her style is subtle and delicate, with at the same time a grace and femininity coupled with a determination and of an unparalleled technical expertise. The purity of her lines and the intensity of her expressions make her an exceptional dancer without equal.


She was 6 years old when she first started bharata natyam. At 9 years old she completed her arangetram. At the age of 10 she was taught by Swamimalai K. Rajaratnam Pillai, an exponent of the Vazhuvoor School. She also became a disciple of “Padma Bushan” Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, a famous Master in the art of abhinaya. She demonstrates  the best aspects of her two Masters.


Since she was 16 years old, Priyadarsini Govind has given dance performances. In 1985, she was invited by the city of Paris to attend the Festival of India at “ Le parc de la Villette”. She has built a solid career performing worldwide and received much praise. She has also produced teaching dvds on bharata natyam.

In class

She can be seen regularly dancing in France, Netherland, Spain, UK, Australia, Japan, China, US, South Africa, Norway, Israel, Singapore...


Smt. Vidya


With Guru Kalanidhi Narayanan and Guru K.M.K. Saroja

Is one of the pioneers of bharata natyam in France and taught it for thirty-five years.


In 1980, she had the great privilege to become the principal disciple of Kalaimamani M.K. Saroja, one of the preeminent dancers of the twentieth century, following to this day the style of Sri Muthukumar Pillai from the Thiruvalur School. During the early 1980's she obtained a scholarship to study and went to live in India, before returning to France in 1986. She has been touring in Europe and India and also dances and choreographs for the Mukthodhara company, created by Sharmila Roy.


Since the 1990's, she is the teacher at the Mandapa center, in Paris.

Vidya, photo Xavier Dumont

Guru-shishya-parampara :

The relationship between the Master (Guru) and the disciple (shishya) based on honesty, respect, dedication, devotion and obedience, is considered as being the best way of sharing advanced knowledge. It is the soul of the oral tradition in India; and epitomises the process of training that require a total mental dedication on the part of the disciple.

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