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Dancing villagers, detail from an 18th century Indian painting

Teacher Workshop

Teacher Workshop: Beyond Bollywood

In person at the museum

Saturday, Apr 8, 2023
On-site, Koret Classroom
9 AM – 12 PM
Pay what you can

Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art will invite audiences to experience the critical interplay between visual arts and dance in the Indian cultural sphere, from ancient rituals to the glamor of Bollywood.

During this workshop, special guest and international Bharatanatyam performer Nivedita Gopinath Sarathy will guide teachers through the stories and underlying messages conveyed by classical Indian dance, as well as ways students can use movement as a form of expression. Some questions that will be explored include: What Hindu beliefs are being taught or reinforced through dance? What gender roles are being promoted or upheld?


Nivedita Gopinath Sarathy was raised in Chennai, India, and has been a student of the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam for over 30 years. She grew up immersed in a culture in which religious myth and history permeated the performing arts.

Under the tutelage of her Guru, Krishnakumari Narendran, Nivedita has performed in a number of group productions, as well as giving solo performances in Chennai’s famous annual music and dance festival over the last 20 years. Her experiences as a student of Krishnakumari’s singularly creative approach and as a performer have given her a deep understanding of techniques, as well as the rich tapestry of stories and histories that inform the art of Bharatanatyam today.



For questions about teacher events and workshops, contact the education department at 415-581-3668 or [email protected].

Organizers & Sponsors

Major support for the Asian Art Museum’s school programs and resources is provided by the Dhanam Foundation; The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation Education and Research Fund; and Daphne and Stuart Wells. 

Seeing Gender is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of Neiman Marcus.  

Weaving Stories is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of a gift in memory of Murni Soewardho Knoepfel; Walter Jared Frost and David Salman; and Tania and Michael Stepanian.   

Sustained support generously provided by the Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Endowment Fund for Exhibitions.