Dance Resume

One of the senior students of Shruti Laya, Diya is a born dancer, gifted with innate talent and tremendous stage presence. She completed her arangetram in early 2012 in Bengaluru and has gone on to give noteworthy solo performances in Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Singapore since then.

   Dance Training

Style Bharatanatyam - Kalakshetra style / Indian Classical dance form
Years studied 10
Level Professional (Graduation/Arangetram: January 2012)
Teacher Gayatri Sriram (Founder, Shruti Laya Dance School, Singapore)
Master Classes Minal Prabhu (Director, Mudrika Foundation, Bengaluru, India); Priyadarsini Govind (Director, Kalakshetra, Chennai); Prof. N.S.Jayalakshmi, Rama Vaidyanathan (Chennai & Singapore)

   Past solo performance 2015

Bharatanatyam solo as part of the SIFAS Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance- KALAVAIBHAVAM 2015

Date: April 2nd 2015 ( 8-9pm)

Noteworthy Solo Performances   2012-14

  • Classical repertoire at 'Pollachi Thamizhisai Sangam' Festival, Pollachi, India (Jul'14)
  • Thematic items at 'Vasantha Uthsavam' Perumal Temple Festival, Singapore (Jun'14)
  • Traditional repertoire at 58th Art and Dance Festival- Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, India (Jan'14)
  • 5th World Dance Alliance Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Dance Festival, Karnataka, India (Jan'14)
  • Ticketed SISTIC solo production 'Sankhya', a repertoire based on 'numbers' at 'Samarpana - The Asian Festival of Classical Dance', Singapore (Sep'13)
  • 'Sankhya' premier at 'Ananya Samarpana- Asian Festival of Classical Dance' Bengaluru, India (Jun'13)
  • Traditional repertoire at DBS Repertory Theatre, Singapore (Feb'12)
  • Classical 'margam' (repertoire) at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai (Jan'12)
  • Graduation /Arangetram at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru, India (Jan'12)


Independently organized and gave a solo performance at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi to raise funds and awareness for 'Voice of World', a social welfare organization for challenged children supported by Kolkata Global Concern at UWCSEA (Jul'14)

Lecture Demonstration

Conducted a lecture demonstration at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, on 'The Nataraja - The Lord of Dance' for 'Friends of the Museum' lecture series (Mar'12)

Key Roles - Group Productions   2009-2013

  • The 'Swan' in 'Feathered Fables'- a collaboration of Bharatanatyam, Folk, Ballet and Contemporary at 'Samarpana - The Asian Festival of Classical Dance', Singapore (Sep'13)
  • Principal dancer in 'Moksha Mudra' - A multi genre dance drama presented in Bengaluru, India (Jun'13)
  • Lead female role 'Sita' in dance drama 'Rama Katha - The Story of Rama' at 'Samarpana- The Asian Festival of Classical Dance', Singapore (Sep'12)
  • Key dancer in 'Trikon-The War Within' - A collaborative classical dance and theatre production performed both in Singapore & Bengaluru, India (Jan'11, Jul'11)
  • 'Momentum' Arts Festival, Republic Polytechnic Cultural Centre, Singapore (May'10)
  • Principal role of 'Shoorpanakha' in dance drama 'Rama Katha: The Story of Rama'- at the Peranakan Museum, Singapore, for 'Ramayana Revisited'- A National Heritage Board performance (Mar'10)
  • 'Sivarathri' Festival, Sivan Temple, Singapore- President of Singapore S.R. Nathan presiding (Mar'10)
  • 'Camino Flamenco- Road to Flamenco': Bharatanatyam juxtaposed with Flamenco (Apr'09)
  • 'Kumbavishekam Festival' for the inauguration of the Sivan Temple Festival in Singapore (Mar'09)
  • 'Margam' dance program in Seva Sadan, Bengaluru, India ( Jul'08)
  • 'Vasantha Uthsavam' Festival at Perumal Temple, Singapore (Jun'08)

Choreography/Teaching experience    2011-Date

  • Dance & Choreography Head for SAFAR (Kolkata Global Concern fundraiser) at UWC (Nov'14)
  • Key choreographer/dancer for UN Day & SAFAR performances at UWC (Oct'11-14)
  • Held a workshop at 'Rasa'- Centre for Theatre Arts and Special needs, Chennai, India utilising Bharatanatyam hand gestures as a mode of communication for special needs children (July'14)
  • Choreographed and taught Bollywood dance at Little Rose Shelter, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Mar'14)
  • Teaching assistant at Shruti Laya Dance School, Singapore ( Jan'12- date)

Awards & Accolades

  • Balasaraswati Award for Dance – 58th Art and Dance Festival, Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai (Jan'14)
  • Upcoming Artiste of the Year –Samarpana, The Asian Festival of Classical Dance, Singapore (Sep'13)
  • Critically acclaimed reviews in 'The Hindu' (Chennai as well as Coimbatore editions) and an appreciative review on 'Narthaki' by Dr. Sunil Kothari, India's foremost dance critic