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Upaasana Akademy of Fine Arts is engaged in spreading the cultural heritage of India for more than four decades. The Akademy conducts classes in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, and Odissi, at various centres in Mumbai. A new centre will commence its activities in Coimbatore during 2020














Smt. Jayashree Nair is a well-known dancer, Choreographer, and dance teacher. Upaasana Akademy of Fine Arts, founded by her, has completed 44 years of fruitful existence. Jayashree Nair trained in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, and Kathakali, under eminent Gurus who were doyens in their respective fields. As a practitioner, she has evolved a style of her own, reflecting select traditions of her Gurus. 


Jayashree Nair has trained hundreds of students and many of them are now established dancers and dance teachers. She has directed and choreographed several ballets.  She is one of the main organizers of Natyanjali, Mumbai, a festival of classical dances during Mahasivaratri (conducted by Sri Subramania Samaj, Chembur) for the past several years.


Jayashree Nair is a recipient of numerous awards and titles and is an invited judge to many classical dance performances.

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Smt. Sujatha Nair is the daughter and disciple of Smt. Jayashree Nair founder director of Upaasana Akademy of Fine Arts, Mumbai. She  has been learning  Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam  from her mother and also from some maestros  for more than three decades. 


Sujatha has done numerous performances in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam, all over India and abroad. She is a recipient of the Government of India Scholarship for Bharatanatyam and is an “A” grade artiste of Doordarshan.


She is an accomplished  Odissi dancer too. She is learning and performing Odissi under Smt. Debi Basu, senior disciple of Guru late Kelucharan Mahapatra and has numerous performances to her credit. 


Sujatha  has performed on prestigious stages in India and abroad in festivals  like Ananaya Festival, Elephanta Festival, Girnar Mahotsav, ISHA Navaratri Festival, Kalaghoda Festival, Khajuraho Festival, Mumbai Festival,  NCPA Mudra Festival, Natyanjlai Festival, Navaneetam's Rangaharsha Festival, Porbandar Sandipani Sangeet Mahotsav, Sirpur Festival, Swamy Haridas Sammelan, India Festival (Ghana, Kuwait,  Dubai) etc.


She is a scholarship student of Carnatic music; under late Smt. T.R. Balamani and sings and does nattuvangam for regular stage performances and conducts music classes.


Sujatha teaches Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam in her parent institute Upaasana, for more than 25 years.


She holds a B.A degree in English literature, an M.A in Sanskrit, and an MFa (Bharatanatyam) after completing a two-year course under Dr. Padma Subramaniam at the SASTRA University, Tanjavur.

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