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About Vedakala Academy

Guru (Mrs) Shobhana Subramanian began dancing from the age of 6 under the tutelage of Guru Shri Nagaraja Pillai. Guru Shri Nagaraja Pillai was the nephew of the present Guru Shri Kalyana Sundaram of Rajarajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, Matunga. Mrs Shobhana lived in Kalyan in her younger days and would travel to Dombivli to learn Bharatanatyam. At the age of 8, she passed her junior diploma, senior diploma at 9 and at age 10 her elementary diploma from Bhartiya Sangeet Samiti, Mumbai. She completed her dance education by the age of 19.
She gave many performances for 25 years. This included classical as well as folk styles. She took up formal training in dance again at the age of 44 and revised under Guru Mahalakshmi in Kharghar, Navi-Mumbai, for 4 years. She also studied Nattuvangam under Guru Jyothi Iyer and Natyagraphy under Dr Vijay Madhavan. She is an active member of ABHAI (Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India) from the year 2009.
She founded Vedakala Academy of Performing Arts in July 2015 with the aim of passing her knowledge to the coming generation.

Dr (Mrs) Priyanka Iyer, started pursuing her dance at the age of 9 under Pandit Ravi Shankar for 3 years. A change in residence caused her to complete her dance under Ms Mahalakshmi Iyer after pursuing it for another 6 years. After this she performed at various events till 2017 while she pursued her graduation and postgraduation in dentistry. She performed at Mangaladevi Temple, Mangalore and The World Dance Day, Bangalore. After completing her higher education, she has come back and joined her mother in reaching out to people and promoting classical dancing.
She joined the Academy in 2017 which her mother founded in 2015. She has done her level best in advancing her mother's mission to promote the richness of South Indian traditional classical dancing.

Mrs Sanjeevani Mhaske joined Vedakala Academy of Performing Arts in 2015 as one of the first students of Guru Mrs Shobhana Subramanian.
"I am very fortunate to join Vedakala Academy of Performing Arts with my daughter to learn Bharatnatyam. As a classical dance student, I have experienced dance being able to relieve and relax our body and mind. Dance enables every students to break out of the shell of shyness and teach to communicate without inhibitions. Big thanks to Shobhana Ma'am and Priyanka. I am highly obliged to have both of you as my Dance Gurus. Both are dedicated, passionate, patient but most importantly understanding to the needs of the students."
She now teaches classical dancing along with Guru Shobhana Subramanian and is helping advance her mission to promote Bharatanatyam.