Dharani School of Performing Arts Trust, under the expert guidance of Smt. Shyamala Surendran, (Founder and Managing Trustee) has been relentlessly trying to change the classical arts scenario in Kochi in terms of performance make up and presentation. The school was started in 1987 with a couple of students with the aim of weaning the students from the frenzy of youth festivals. It has now grown into a full-fledged arts institution encouraging the children to change their outlook towards classical arts, helping them make art a part of their life, irrespective of the profession they follow. It is a proud moment for Dharani to see many of its students pursuing extremely successful careers in classical arts.

At Dharani, dance and music is a way of life. The ambience of Dharani automatically creates a spiritual mood and helps the students explore and express their creativity endlessly. In a discipline where the learning process never ends, long and rigorous training is everything. Dharani follows the Pandanallur Kalakshetra style of dancing. The schools approach to teaching dance is based on live instruction and direct experience. Dharani students have been fortunate enough the meet eminent artists like Padmabhushan Amala Shankar, Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayan and very many artists who have visited the school and interacted with the students. Being an inseparable part of learning dance, Carnatic music is compulsory for every student at Dharani.

Perhaps there is no other country on the face of the earth that could boast of a tradition in art as rich and diverse as ours. Though it is not possible to master every one of them, we attempt to ensure that the children are exposed through programs, lecture demonstrations, and performance of eminent artists from all parts of India; Dr. Vyjayanthimala Bali, Dhanajayans Sucheta Chapekar, Malavika Sarukkai, Sridhar and Anuradha Sridhar, Bombay Jayasree, Shashank, Kadri Gopalnath, Aruna Sairam, Rajkumar Singhajit Singh and Ustaad Zakir Hussain are some of the artists who have graced the Dharani Platform.

Dharani gives systematic coaching in Bharatanatyam, Carnatic Vocal, Mohiniyattam, Kathakali, Mridangam & Veena.



Smt. Shyamala Surendran                            Bharatanayam, Mohiniyattam

(Founder & Director)

Smt. Usha Mohan                                           Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam

Smt. Sindhu Sunny                                         Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam

Shri. Antony M.T.                                            Bharatanatyam

Smt. Milda                                                        Carnatic Music

Smt. Krishnendu P.V.                                      Veena

Shri. Kalamandalam Krishnankutty           Mridangam