Natyabhoomi School of Dance was founded by Ms. Deepti Mukund in 1994. Her sister Shruthi Mukund joined her in 2001. Natyabhoomi is the fruit of their passion and dedication. The school offers quality dance instruction in Mysore Style of Bharathanatyam, the South Indian classical dance form, and in Indian folk dances and additionally provides cultural education to the students. The Bharathanatyam classes are offered in Potomac and Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Natyabhoomi also conducts a rigorous annual summer workshop called ‘Natya’ for the students. The students are encouraged to participate in all productions and presentations of the school as well as in community events. Natyabhoomi has successfully hosted 22 Rangapraveshas almost every summer, since 2003.
Choreographing innovative pieces using contemporary music or movements but keeping the essence of the traditional style is the specialty of the school. The school has performed in many prestigious venues all over the US and India. Natyabhoomi has performed repeatedly at Washington DC area Temples and Indian Associations. Natyabhoomi is also involved in all the Indian Dance Educators Association (IDEA) shows. Natyabhoomi was commissioned by the Black Rock Performing Arts Center to present ‘Yatra’ in 2007 with 45 dancers. Natyabhoomi has performed annually for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, International Children’s Festival as part of Passport DC, Dance Asia – Dance DC Festival, Fiesta Asia – Washington DC, Washington Folk Festival, Lunar New Year Celebrations at the Fair Oaks Mall, Utsav at the Quince Orchard Library, International Children’s Festival at the Wolf Trap and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Red Cross, Indonesian and Turkish Embassy to name a few. Natyabhoomi is an empaneled group of the Creative Arts Program of Fairfax County, VA. All performances are very well received and Natyabhoomi has always been invited for repeat performances.
Natyabhoomi has presented unique thematic productions and dance dramas – Surya, Meghdhoot, Andal, Kumara Sambhavam, Geetha Govindam, Ritumala to name a few. Natyabhoomi presented at the Children’s Theater In The Woods at Wolf Trap for 2 consecutive years. Natyabhoomi‘s Company dancers performed at The Strathmore Music Mansion in September 2014 and at the Barns at Wolf Trap in October 2014, 2015 & 2016 to packed houses. Natyabhoomi collaborated with Sandra Atkinson of the Light Switch Dance Theater and the famous flautist Deepak Ram to create the ‘The Girl Child Project’ which is an endeavor to promote women empowerment through the Arts. In April 2017, Natyabhoomi dancers presented at the 9th American Natya Festival at St. Louis, MO.
The school has hosted many visiting artistes from India including Guru Smt. Lalitha Srinivasan, Gurus Smt Sandhya and Sri Kiran Subramaniam, Guru Bhanumati, Guru Swapnasundari, Guru Vasundara Doraiswami, Narendra and Anusha (dance duo), Nritarutya contemporary dance ensemble, Srikanth Natarajan, Praveen Kumar.
Natyabhoomi successfully organizes the annual ‘Maha Shivarathri Dance Festival’ an all night event at the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Greenbelt, MD.
Natyabhoomi represents India at the Asian Heritage Foundation, which promotes Asian Arts in the main stream. Deepti and Shruthi, of Natyabhoomi, recently, successfully completed the 2012-2014 term as the Chairperson and Secretary of the Indian Dance Educators Board (IDEA). Natyabhoomi has been associated with IDEA over the past 22 years.