Srutilaya Dance School
           

 



When Madhusri came to U.S.A. in 1988, she pursued an M.B.A. degree from the University of Iowa. She was a volunteer dance teacher from 1988. After completing the degree, she had to choose between a career in dance and a career in business. Her love for dance led her to pursue the art form and she started teaching a few students. In 1991, she formally started the Srutilaya school of dance with about ten students in Iowa City. By 1996, she had about 50 students in Iowa City. Over the last 25 years, Madhusri has imparted the Bharatanatyam art form to over 700 students. Currently she teaches dance in Plano, Texas.

Dance Ballets : Madhusri's passion for choreographing and performing with her students has led to several dance ballets including:

  • Yatra (2016): A traditional Margam choreographed innovatively as group dance performances and performed by 38 Srutilaya arangetram graduates.

  • Triities and Arabian Nights (2014): Dances depicting excerpts from the ancient stories in Tanjore, India to the unique tales from Arabian Nights performed by 20 dancers from Srutilaya in collaboration with other dance schools.

  • Odyssey (2013): A journey from past to present of Bharatantyam in all its glory, commemorating 25 years of teaching dance by Guru Madhusri. Performed by 36 students:

  • Shivanjali (2012): A rigorous traditional Bharatanatyam dance medley on the lord of dance performed in Chennai and New Delhi, India by 8 students.

  • Nostalgia (2011): A celebratory dance sequence on various gods of India commemorating the completion of 50 arangetrams by Guru Madhusri Sethuraman. Performed by 37 Srutilaya arangetram graduates who came from all over the United States.

  • Dances of Love (2011): The seven relationships of love-- between mother and daughter, guru and sishya, etc. --blossom in the form of beautiful music and dance in this ballet. Performed by 40 students.

  • Seven Wonders (2009): A Unique Dance Ballet Depicting Stories of Love and War behind the Birth of Seven Wonders of the world - Bharata natyam combined with other multicultural dances. Performed by 48 students.

  • Dance Eclectica (2008): Different cultures were portrayed and celebrated in a dance mixture called Dance Eclectica organized by Charity through Art Foundation in Allen, Texas. Performed by 42 students.

  • Pandora’s Box (2007): :Don’t open the Pandora’s Box – they say. What is the real story behind it? What happens if you do open it? This age old Greek mythology was brought to life at the Majestic theater in Dallas by Srutilaya and other leading DFW Dance Schools. Performed by 50 students.

  • King Ashoka (2006): Ashoka was one of the most popular kings of India and, interestingly, many of Ashoka’s achievements both on and off the battlefield were documented and communicated to the rest of the world through the writings of Xuan Zhang, a Chinese monk and explorer from the 6th century. Hence, the story of King Ashoka was enacted in dance form all over China. Performed by 9 students.

  • Penn (2005): As a part of tamil convention in the US, Madhusri choreographed the different stages of Woman's life from childhood to giving birth, using several compositions from ancient Tamil literature to modern day poets.Performed by 35 students.

  • Uthama Chakaravarthy(2004): To mark the completion of 15 years of teaching dance, Madhusri choreographed a dance ballet depicting the various qualities required to be an Ideal ruler-justice and wisdom, truthfulness and honesty, peace and non-violence were the attributes highlighted.Performed by 30 students.

  • Krishna Narakasura (2003): Here, the importance of Diwali was brought about through the epic of Krishna slaying the evil demon Narakasura, and all the villagers rejoice and celebrate this occasion. This was performed by a group of 6 students.

  • Shankaram Madhavam (2002): The devotees of Vishnu and Shiva argue about who is the greater of the two Gods and praise their respective Gods. In the end, they realize that all Gods are equal and are just different manifestations of the underlying supreme being. This was performed by a group of 14 students.
  • Valli Kalyanam (1999): The story of the gypsy girl Valli's marriage with Lord Muruga. This was a medley of classical and folk dances performed by 40 students.
  • Nava Rasa (1998): Portrayal of the nine different moods shown through different episodes from Indian Mythology based on songs in different languages. Performed by 10 students.
  • Dashavatar (1996): The Ten Incarnations of Lord Vishnu using Jayadeva's lyrical compositions. Performed by 50 students.
  • Hari Hara Anjali (1995): Stories on Lord Vishnu and Shiva. Performed by 35 students.
  • Krishna Leela (1994): Krishna as a child, lover and the almighty. Various episodes performed to lilting music from the North and South India. Performed by 26 students.
  • Sneetches (1993): Dr. Seuss's popular story choreographed in Bharata Natyam format through a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and enacted in India and U.S.A. by 5 dancers.
  • Ramayana (1992): The story of Lord Rama, the vanquisher of the evil demon Ravana. Performed by 12 students.

Arangetram : Arangetram (graduation dance performance) represents the culmination of one important phase of the student's learning process. It recognizes the student's ability to give on-stage solo performance of an assortment of dance items. It takes years of learning and practice to reach this stage. The Srutilaya dance school is proud to have performed the arangetram for the following 87 students:

 

  1. Anagha Narayanan - 2016
  2. Ritika Lal - 2016
  3. Aishwarya Bhagyanagar - 2016
  4. Kausicka Tivakar - 2016
  5. Nikita Kulkarni - 2016
  6. Aranya Krishnan - 2016
  7. Anjali Shah - 2016
  8. Sriya Reddy - 2016
  9. Swati Ravi - 2015
  10. Ananya Kurri - 2015
  11. Navya Metta - 2015
  12. Sruthi Krishnan - 2015
  13. Sruthi Potturi - 2015
  14. Rupal Kotecha - 2015
  15. Ameya Chavda - 2015
  1. Manasa Kuncham - 2014
  2. Aparna Nagarajan - 2014
  3. Pranavya ManickaVelu - 2014
  4. Aparna Perumal - 2014
  5. Swetha Anbu - 2014
  6. Nisha Anbu - 2014
  7. Prapti Ghiya - 2013
  8. Shwetha swaminathan - 2013
  9. Nikita Srivastava - 2013
  10. Meghna Prakash - 2013
  11. Kavana Sastry-2013
  12. Sahana Sastry-2013
  13. Manasi Bhatia-2013
  14. Akanksha Thiagaraj-2013
  15. Deepanjli Donthula-2013
  16. Kirtana Murali-2013
  17. Kinnari Ruikar-2012
  18. Anesha Rao-2012
  19. Deepti Nathan-2012
  20. Priyanka Potturi-2012
  21. Deepa Ramakrishnan-2012
  22. Kavya Arvind-2012
  23. Aishwarya Ravindran-2011
  24. Tanvi Mongia-2011
  1. Abhinaya Ganesh-2011
  2. Aakankhya Patro-2011
  3. Shreya Reddy-2011
  4. Vidya Menon-2011
  5. Saumya Gopal-2011
  6. Janani Ramachandran-2011
  7. Kavita Rajagopal- 2010
  8. Ranjani Rajendran- 2010
  9. Aarthy Sundaresan- 2010
  10. Sohini Bhatia- 2010
  11. Nikita Ahmed- 2010
  12. Shivani Mehta - 2010
  13. Anjana Ram- 2010
  14. Manjari Subramanian – 2009
  15. Nisha Iyer – 2009
  16. Swetha Sankar – 2009
  17. Pryanka Sharma – 2009
  18. Aradhana Sahoo – 2009
  19. Ritika Gopal - 2009
  20. Ramya Raghavan – 2008
  21. Shloka Raghavan – 2008
  22. Sanju Eswaran – 2008
  23. Vivek Ramanan – 2008
  24. Swathi Anantha – 2007
  1. Ankita Patro – 2007
  2. Anusha Ganesh - 2007
  3. Shomya Tripathy – 2006
  4. Shovna Tripathy - 2006
  5. Archana Ayyar - 2005
  6. Samyuktha Anand -2004
  7. Padma Swamy - 2004
  8. Preetha Swamy - 2004
  9. Aparna Ramanan -2004
  10. Dhevi Natarajan- 2003
  11. Lakshmi Jagannathan- 2002
  12. Prashanthi Jagannathan-2002
  13. Janani Krishnaswamy-2002
  14. Priyanka Rao 2001
  15. Shalini Thomas-2001
  16. Shika Bhattacharjee-2001
  17. Nisha Venkatesan-2001
  18. Shilpa Raj Sethuraman – 2000
  19. Aleesha Kumar – 1998
  20. Kirthana Prakash – 1998
  21. Priya Narayanan – 1998
  22. Carla Guggenheim – 1997
  23. Mythili Menezes – 1993
  24. Nathaniel Phelps -- 1993