Bharatam Academy of Dance Arts is a premier arts institution in Chicago dedicated to preserving and propagating Bharatanatyam, an ancient classical dance of India. Founded by Vanitha Veeravalli, a highly regarded Bharatanatyam artiste, Bharatam is known for its creativity, classicism, and quality. Bharatam’s productions are known for their soulful execution, and ability to kindle in audience rasa or aesthetic experience – the very essence of Bharatanatyam.
Bharatam’s pursues dance excellence in this ancient living art, for the enrichment and enjoyment of community. This is done through performances, dance education, presentations, and outreach programs. Bharatam regularly presents its dancers at its showcase events, and original choreographic productions. Bharatam dancers help preserve and perpetuate this ancient art through performances at various forums including annual showcases, corporate shows, creative workshops, cultural events, and community outreach programs in greater Chicago.
To that end, Bharatam and its students are well-recognized ambassadors of our rich culture.