Our Team
Gowri Jayakrishnan

Gowri takes care of the entire administrative activities of Athma Laya since 2012, she handles queries, interacts with managers and marketing heads of top companies and also organises the events of Athma Laya. Played an active role in Athma Laya's expansion in Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Known as ‘Voice of Athma Laya’ she holds a masters degree in financial management and has worked in the Citi group.

Uthra Ramesh

Uthra Ramesh, learnt Bharathanatyam from Guru Chandrakala Jagannathan and later continued nattuvangam training also from Smt. S. Divyasena. Uthra appears in ‘Senthamizh nadu’ in Jaya TV every morning. She has performed in various sabhas, temples, television channels and won ‘Natyakala Rathna’ and ‘Valarum Bharatha Kalaignargal’ titles. She has performed in Mauritius and taught aspiring students in the USA for a few years. She runs her dance School ‘Krishnaarpanam’ at Mandaveli, Chennai.

Indira Rajesh

Indira's journey in Bharathanatyam commenced under the tutelage of Guru Indira Rajan and then continued under the guidance of Guru Chitra Visweswaran. She started teaching dance from her high school years and ran her dance school ‘Ojasvini Nrithya Kala rangam’ for 10 years in the US. She has performed extensively in USA and India. She is also a gifted choreographer, a yoga practitioner and teaches yoga too.

Kamalapriya Ganapaty

Kamalapriya Ganapaty learnt Bharathanatyam from a very young age under the tutelage of Kalaimamani Late Dr. Saraswati of Vipanchee Natyalaya. She has participated in several dance recitals and performed in various sabhas. She holds a post graduate diploma in Hospital Administration and has worked briefly in Apollo hospitals. She also worked as a Medical Transctiptionist.

Bhuvana Damodaran

Bhuvana Damodaran started her dance journey under the able guidance of Guru. Jayanthi Sridharan and undergoing Advance Training under the tutelage of Guru. Sikkil. Vasantha Kumari, Chennai. She has performed in many dance recitals, margams, semi-classical, bollywood and folk performances in India and Japan. She was running a dance school for Bharathanatyam & Bollywood for kids and ladies at Tokyo, Japan. A versatile person, she has won prizes in several competitions

Dr. Roopa Banerjee

Dr. Roopa Banerjee Datta Mazumdar, received training in Bharathanatyam from Guru Kalaimamani Shanmugha Sundaram Pillai and then furthered her training from his disciple Kalaimamani Late Dr. Saraswati. Roopa is also a recipient of the National Talent Scholarship for dance from the Government of India, along with being a scientist of International repute. Inspired and mentored by Mala, Roopa is now furthering Athma Laya’s cause amongst women in Hyderabad.

Priya Raghvendra

Priya started Bharathanatyam training at the age of 6 under Guru Sikkil Vasanthakumari. Later she joined Vipanchee to learn under the guidance of Kalaimamani Late Dr. Saraswati. She has given numerous television and stage performances all over India. She is a graded artist in Doordarshan and also holds a diploma in Kathak. She has been teaching dance for the last 17 years.

Sreelatha Balraj

Sreelatha started learning Bharathanatyam from Guru Smt. Bala Meera Chandra and continued pursuing dance from Kalaiamani Late Dr. Saraswati. She has performed in several dance programs and festivals including the natyanjali in Chidambaram. She has also participated in several television programs and is now the Centre Head for GRS Bridge to Learn at Anna nagar, Chennai.

Priya Vaidhy

Priya had her Bharathanatyam training under Late Mrs.Krishnaveni Lakshmanan. She has performed and choreographed lot of fusion items after her training and still continues to do so. She is a jewelry designer and maker & runs her own studio from home. Dance is her passion and plays an integral part of her profession that shows in her label too, www.abhinayaa.net

Shalini Diwakar

Shalini Diwakar is a young prodigy in the field of Bharatnatyam. She began to learn from the age of 7 from kalakshetra and later she continued her classical journey under Smt. Geetha Saraswathy. She has done many dance programs including Chinna melam dance festival. She is also learning Vocal and Veena. She runs her own dance school 'Naatya' in Shollinganallur.

Sobana Menta

Dance was her passion from the age of ten. Guided under eminent Gurus A.Lakshmanan and Urmila Satyanarayanan she gave her first debut public performance in 2000. Sobana was appreciated by various critics for her footwork and abhinaya and has given several performances. She continues to follow her dreams and strives to achieve excellence in what she does.


Saraswathi Balachandran, post graduate in Mass Communication and Law has been learning Bharathanatyam and Music from the age of 3. She had her initial training from Guru.Vazhuvoor.R.Samraj and after completing her Arangetram, went on to learn from Guru Jayanthi Subramaniam. Apart from performing all over the country, she was a Journalist and Producer in Star Vijay Television.



Santhoshika's passion towards Bharathanatyam started at the age of 15 under the guidance of Guru Late TN Karunakaran where she continued to get trained in nattuvagam as well. She has given numerous stage performances. She has completed lower grade in dance. She is well known for her creative skills.

Latha Ramachandran

Latha went through rigorous Bharathanatyam training for more than a decade from the Dhananjayans, starting at the age of 7. Latha has a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering and worked in the wireless industry for many years. In her free time, she enjoys going on long walks, doing yoga, traveling, and cooking. Latha currently teaches dance in the Los Angeles area and has been with Athmalaya since 2019.

Supraja Jayaraman

Supraja Jayaraman, currently working in the Immigration department of Canada in Edmonton, hails from the family of Keerthancharya Shri C. R Srinivasa Iyengar, who wrote the book Natya and Nritya. Supraja learnt Bharathanatyam for 10 years from Guru. Dr. Saraswati and has performed in various stages and Doordarshan. She has joined Athmalaya to rekindle her passion for dancing.

Vidhyalakshmi Rajeswari

Vidhyalakshmi Rajeswari has been trained in Bharatanatyam for over 30 years by versatile gurus such as Smt.Venniraaadai Nirmala and Smt.Malathi. Her dedication to the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam and her experience gave her a sound foundation that helped her to perform in India, US and UK. Her passion to teach dance to all ages propelled her to launch the Kamalam School Of Dance, in NJ, USA. She is now a renowned guru, choreographer and also the proud runner-up for the International Indian Icon competition in 2017.

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