About Jiva Performing Arts
New directions in Indian Classical Dance and Music
Jiva Performing Arts preserves the artistic legacy as passed down and creates new works that affirm the relevance, vitality, and freshness of South Indian classical arts. .
Jiva Performing Arts’ mission is to develop and present new voices in the classical arts of India and increase appreciation and accessibility of these timeless arts for all communities. Renowned Bharatanatyam dancer, Sonali Skandan and Carnatic musician/composer, Bala Skandan founded Jiva Performing Arts (Jiva) in 2007 in NYC to share their passion for South Indian classical dance and music. Jiva preserves the artistic legacy as passed down and creates new works that affirm the relevance, vitality, and freshness of South Indian classical arts. The organization includes a professional, all-female dance company, Jiva Dance, Akshara Music Ensemble, and a School that provides comprehensive training from beginner through professional levels.
Jiva’s programming strives to illustrate that the traditional arts have a place of relevance in modern society by bringing classics forward, and incorporating contemporary elements that engage today’s audiences. In NYC, Jiva has held programming and performances at venues including: The Smithsonian, Center, Juilliard, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Dixon Place, New School for Social Research, NYU Skirball, Queens College, Symphony Space, and the 92nd Street Y, among many others. Through Jiva’s dedication to high quality artistic programming, as well as a close-knit and supportive community, Jiva has become one of the more visible South Asian Arts organizations in NYC.
One of the core activities of Jiva is to foster the growth of the Indian classical arts, which means to not only preserve the artistic legacy as passed down by the traditional Gurus and teachers of the art, but to also create new and innovative works which have their base in the classical arts. This pertains to new musical compositions and new dance choreographies.
Jiva supports the collaboration of Indian classical artists with world genres of music and dance as well as other artistic medium such as the visual arts and literature.
RESEARCH & DISSEMINATION
Jiva supports the research of the classical arts of India, from both an academic and practical standpoint.