Mythili Kumar Indian Classical Dancer Profile
Mythili Kumar
Bharatha Natyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi
Mythili Kumar Indian Classical Dancer Profile

In 1978, The Times of India, Mumbai dance critic in his review of a performance by Mythili Kumar stated: ‘For a long time now, one had not witnessed a Bharatanatyam recital with a touch of rarity and class, marked by style and substance as the performance by Mythili Kumar… A grand evening with a great dancer.

Endowed with abundant grace and a commanding stage presence, Mythili Kumar performed extensively in India before moving to the U.S in 1978. Trained in three different Indian classical dance forms – Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi, Mythili gained recognition for her versatility when she performed all three styles in a single performance. She owes it to the rigorous training she received from skilled teachers in India: Smt. Indra Rajan, Sri T. R. Devanathan and Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan for Bharatanatyam; Sri Vedantam Jagannatha Sarma for Kuchipudi; and Guru Srinath Raut and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra for Odissi.

In 1980, she began teaching Bharatanatyam in the Bay Area at the request of a few friends, naming it the Abhinaya School of Dance. Touring the USA and Canada in 1984 to great acclaim with musicians from India was an inspiration for her to inculcate this passion in her students as well. The school gained a reputation for excellence from its first student performance and its first original production of Shiva-the Cosmic Dancer in 1986. With the award of its first grant and the successful audition of its first batch of students for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the path was laid for Mythili to continue with innovative and creative work. Presenting performances of high caliber that won praise from the community, the school garnered continuous support from various funding agencies eventually leading to the transformation of the school to a non-profit organization in 1990 as the Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose.

With choreography grants from the National Endowment for the arts, Mythili’s creativity led her to choreograph several original productions as well as solo pieces over the years that have constantly won acclaim.

A dedicated and committed teacher, Mythili has nurtured dancers to appreciate the intricacies of the art form, respect its integrity and strive for excellence in their performances. Over a hundred dancers have been trained and presented in their solo debut performance (arangetram). Several students have continued their training and performed with the company with enthusiasm and passion for the art. Since 1992, Mythili and the company have performed in India and other parts of the U.S.

Contact Details and Biodata
Mythili Kumar
Abhinaya Dance Company 4950 Hamilton Ave.
Ste. 105
San Jose
CA 95130
(408) 871-5959
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