NEERAALAYA SCHOOL OF DANCE
The Neeraalaya School of Dance is Tasmania’s premier Bharatanatyam dance troupe, an ancient style of divine classical dance with origins in the Tamil Nadu region of South India.
Arthy Raja formed the Neeraalaya School of Dance in October 2016 after arriving in Australia in 2009. She has studied and practised Bharatanatyam for 17 years, first as a disciple of Kavitha Vijayakumar in her hometown of Chidambaram (India), and later with Vrinda Ravi in Newcastle (NSW).
Arthy now shares her expertise, teaching classes promoting this ancient, elegant form of dance and performing the unique Hindi dance style to Tasmanian audiences. Their natural, relaxed performances connect intimately with the audience, expressing music through sophisticated footwork, elegant hand gestures and facial expressions.