Arpana Dance Company

South Indian Bharata Natyam

The Arpana Dance Company, based in Irvine, has been a touring and performing ensemble of the classical Indian dance form Bharata Natyam for over 25 years.  Led by Ramya Harishankar, the company has toured major cities of California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kansas, Texas, and Washington D.C.

In 2004, through ACTA’s Traditional Arts Development Program, the Arpana Dance Company contracted consultant Usha Sampath to develop a curriculum for presenting traditional Indian dance, music, and culture in the public school system.  Usha Sampath has been a teacher and educator for over 25 years and has experience with the traditions that will be presented.