Our Faculty

Vrinda Sunil


 Natyalaya School of Arts was founded by Vrinda Sunil in 2006 at Carmel, Indiana. Vrinda teaches Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam. Vrinda has a Bachelors Degree in Music from RLV College of Fine Arts in South Kerala. 

She has learned Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam from her early childhood from the age of 4 and has learned both for more than 14 years. Vrinda’s Bharatanatyam guru was Smt. Kalamandalam Kala Vijayan. Her Mohiniyattom Guru was one of the founders of Mohiniyattom, Late Smt. Kalamandalam Kalyani Kutty Amma and her granddaughters Smt. Smitha Rajan and Smt. Sandhya Rajan.   

Sharmila Jothirajah


 Meet Sharmila!

Sharmila Jothirajah has been learning Bharathanatyam for more than 10 years, and has been a student at Natyalaya School of Arts since 2012. She is very passionate about teaching dance, and has choreographed and coordinated dance performances for numerous events in Indiana and India. 

She serves in the Board of Directors for "Tamil Sangam of Central Indiana" and is also very active in Tamil School management in Indianapolis. 

Currently, she works at Dow Agrosciences. 

Anjali Pillai


 Anjali Pillai began her Bharathanatyam training in 2002, at the age of 5, with Smt. Sunitha Yogananda, learning the Kalakshetra Style of the art form. In 2006, Anjali began learning the dance form of Mohiniyattam at Natyalaya School of Arts, and in 2007, continued her Bharathanatyam education with Smt. Vrinda Sunil, this time in the Vazhavoor Style. In 2011, Anjali began teaching the two art forms at Natyalaya to younger students. She has been actively involved in many of Natyalaya School of Arts' productions, such as Swathi Thirunal and Agni. Anjali performed her Arangetram on September 21st, 2013 in both Bharathanatyam and Mohiniyattam. She is also trained in Carnatic Music. Currently, Anjali is a student at Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI).  

Lakshmi Sathianathan


 Meet Lakshmi!

Lakshmi Sathianathan started learning Bharathanatyam at the age of 6 from Sowmya Balakrishnan Chennai, India and has been a student at Natyalaya School of Arts since 2013. She has been a learner for than 12 years now with performances in Chennai Museum, Music Academy and numerous events in Indiana. 

She believes practicing Bharathanatyam in a diverse team makes her a better team player professionally as well. She works as a Sr. Apps Developer, Robotic Process Automation with UnitedHealth Group. She lives in Indiana with her husband and two boys. 

Kailash Hemachandra


Kailash Hemachandra has learned Carnatic Vocal for twenty years. He started learning music from Sri D K Nagarajan (from the D. K. Pattamal school) and Sri Shankar Venkatraman- a disciple of O. S. Thyagarajan.  He continues to receive advanced training from Ganakalabhushana Vidwan Sri R. K. Padmanabha during visits to Bangalore. He has given several concerts in India and in the United States. He has performed in different music sabhas and also performed Jugalbandhis with Hindustani vocalists. He has recorded three studio albums including two Kannada Devotional and one Carnatic Classical. He has been teaching Carnatic vocal to students in Indianapolis for a few years. He is currently working in the healthcare IT field in Indianapolis.

Abirami Meyyappan


Shrividhya Ananth


Neharika Palivela


Chitra Sunil