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Shivanjali Center For Fine Arts

Classes held in North and South Austin
Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam

Staggerbrush road
Austin TX 78749   [Map]   [Directions]
Puja Allepalli is one of the most passionate and prominent Indian Classical dancers and choreographers. Puja is blessed to have been trained under Guru. Ratnam Janardhanan and the legendary Guru Padmashri late Sri. Adyar K. Lakshman in the Kalakshetra style characterized by traditional purity, grace and vigor. She is currently under the tutelage of Padmabhushan Alarmel Valli. By the age of sixteen Puja took the center stage for many prominent dance festivals in Central and North India. She has completed Vishaarad in Bharatanatyam from Akhil Bharatiya Baal Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai. She is a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Alliance, USA. Academically brilliant, Puja graduated with an MBA degree with top honors. Over the years she has been awarded titles like" Yuva Kala Ratna", "Nritya Siromani", "Natya Saradhi". She was the recipient of first prize in Maharashtra state level dance competition: Spandan. She is a graded artist of Doordarshan and her programs have been featured in DD Podhigai, Kalinga TV, Saptagiri, Asia net, Doordarshan, and Sun TV. 'Shivanjali Center for Fine Arts' founded by Puja in 2004 is a culmination of her love to work with children and her passion for Bharatanatyam. Being a prominent performing artist at most reputed 'Chennai Dance Season' which is considered the capital and cultural melting pot for this art form, Puja brings her rich experience into her classes and brings the best out of her students. She helps the kids re- discover themselves, create self awareness, develop confidence and enjoy dancing. Yoga is an integral part of training the students. Puja trains her students with a great eye for perfection and under her able guidance the students have performed at dance festivals in Colorado, New Mexico, New Jersey, Cleaveland, California, Texas and several reputed auditoriums and temples in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Guruvayur, Bangalore , Pune and Mumbai in India. Puja teaches creatively and nurtures the artistic talents in children and youth and seeing those students and their talents blossom, are among the great joys of her teaching.