Nrityayatri help dancers to stretch their boundaries of knowledge,imagination and thought process to enrich their experience about the classical art.
Non - profit organisation Established in 2011


Nrityayatri is the combination of two words, nritya or dance and yatri or pilgrim. Nrityayatri is a one-of-its-kind, non profit organization operating since January 2012 from Pune. Its objective is to create a collaborative ecosystem which supports Indian dance practices bearing traditional values and where diverse artistic expressions can flourish. Our approach is to reach out to both the classical dance fraternity as well as the classical dance loving people and provide them an environment to pursue their interests. Nrityayatri, as such, is committed to the cause of promoting Indian culture by: * Inspiring dancers to explore various forms of dance; * Promoting cultural exchange to nurture different schools and thoughts of dance; * Creating an art movement to make the artists explore, experience and express their love for dance and allied arts; and * Helping artists broaden their horizons and find a spiritual connect through their art form At Nrityayatri, we believe that this whole experience should enable artists build long-term relationships with their art finally leading to an enriched artist who would help upkeep the cultural form alive for generations to come. As John F. Kennedy once said, “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

Mrs. Meghana Sabade


In a country where the taste of water changes at every mile & language every four miles, imagine how much more varied will the culture of that country be! India is not just home to one of the oldest civilizations of the world, it is also the cradle of diverse traditions and cultures that still thrive despite the invasion of foreign armies and the onslaught of time. This diversity is on display through its customs, beliefs, laws, mores, art, et al. In fact, there is hardly any other culture in the world that is as old, diverse and alive as ours. Among the various aspects of its culture, the Indian classical dance forms are as diverse and distinct as the languages that make up the States and the States that make up the country. Apart from the traditional dances of each State, there are eleven classical dance forms recognised by the Ministry of Culture; eight of these forms are afforded recognition by the Sangeet Natak Academy. These are: Bharatnatyam that originated from Tamil Nadu, Kathak from Uttar Pradesh, Kathakali from Kerala, Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh, Manipuri from Manipur, Mohiniyattam from Kerala, Odissi from Odisha, and Sattriya from Assam. Being diverse and old also calls for extra efforts to preserve and propagate these dance forms that make up our culture and identity. As is rightly said, “A people without the knowledge of their history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”


Dance Exponent and Founder Director Nrityayatri

Nrityaytri is an art movement, conceived and run by Pune-based dance exponent, Mrs. Meghana Sabade. She has been trained in Bharatnatyam for 14 years under the guidance of Guru Manik Ambike. Her belief is that perfection is an unreachable star. One keeps on traveling in pursuit of knowledge and perfection. At Nrityayatri, she believes that dance is much more than learning steps and techniques. It is an art that emanates from the soul and brings out physical, emotional & spiritual development of the dancer. Nrityayatri is working sincerely to revive the passion for dance and create a platform to enjoy it.


Dance Exponent and Co-Ordinator

Shraddha Palsule is a post graduate diploma holder in Bharatnatyam from Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. She performed various stage shows across India and Bangkok. With a vision to promote traditional Indian art and dance forms, she introduced Pune city to Kalaripayattu, mother of all martial arts. Being aware of the importance of exposure to young artists, she wishes to fulfill the need of encouraging artists through Nrityayatri.


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