Upahaar School of Dance

Classes offered for all age-groups in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Kathak, Carnatic Vocal, Mridangam

Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Kathak, Carnatic vocal & Mridangam
'The feet may learn the steps, but only the spirit can dance...'

We understand the expertise and discipline required to learn dance and are committed to providing programmes that enable students to reach their full potential within a stimulating dance environment. Bring with you a passion for dance, a willingness to learn and a determ

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Upahaar is excited to see you all tomorrow Sunday 17th March at Richard Challoner School at 4pm, for Rithika's Bharatanatyam Arangetram!

The team has been rehearsing diligently to present Rithika's solo debut!

Book your free ticket on our website through the link in our bio!

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 13/03/2024

Photos from rehearsals for Rithika's Arangetram this sunday!

Rehearsals have begun with our talented group of musicians Prathap Ramachandra - Mridangam, Shashank Puranik - Flute, Ramanan Nathan - Violin and Sreekanth Kayarat - Vocalist, and Guru Shalini Shivashankar - Nattuvangam.

Dont forget to book your free ticket from the Upahaar Website for Rithika's Arangetram this Sunday at 4pm in New Malden!


Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 11/03/2024

Upahaar's Bharatantyam students from our East and South Croydon branches performed at St Mathews' Church's Park Hill Festival.

The students presented Tisra Alarippu, Azhagu Deivam and Bho Shambho, pieces that were created for their student showcases last year.

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 27/02/2024

Upahaar's Bharatanatyam students recently performed for London Hindu Aikyavedi's annual Nritholsavam. 4 groups from our South Croydon, Twickenham and Sutton branch, Rama Janardhana, On Namah Shivayah Maadum Meikum Kanne and Asainthadum, performed their pieces from their student showcases last year.

UPAHAAR NEWS Edition 24 - February 2024 20/02/2024

Read Edition 24 of Upahaar NEWS now!

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UPAHAAR NEWS Edition 24 - February 2024 Artistic Director : Shalini Shivashankar February 15th 2024 To the Upahaar community, friends, and well wishers Hope the year has started off on a good note for all of you. Time is a concept that seems to move differently depending on what one is doing! Here at Upahaar time seems to be flying.

Upahaar School of Dance Showreel - Classes, Performances, Lecture Demonstrations & Workshops. 20/02/2024

Watch a summary of Upahaar's various endeavors bringing Indian classical arts into South London's communities, in the forms of classes, performances, workshops and lecture demonstrations!

Watch the Full Video here or through our Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/wp1tSFyrCfc?si=oyf-l9_TAePBJiO8

Upahaar School of Dance Showreel - Classes, Performances, Lecture Demonstrations & Workshops. A summary of Upahaar's various endeavours bringing Indian classical arts into South London's communities, in the forms of classes, performances, workshops an...


Upahaar is pleased to announce another Bharatanatyam Arangetram this year!

Rhea Pradhan, a Grade 6 student from our Twickenham branch will be next in line to complete this milestone on April 14th 2024!

Stay tuned for more updates on our website and social media regarding this event!

Photography by Sujith Kumar

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 06/02/2024

Upahaar's Grade 2-6 Students competed at the Croydon Performing Arts Festival at Royal Russel School last weekend.

We are extremely proud of our students building their performance skills and confidence through such endeavors!

The dancers were:
Ananya Venkatraman
Mahati Vijayakumar
Adira Arun
Madhurima Tanisi Kurra
Shreyasi Remella
Uthra Padmini Kasi
Prisha Prasad
Dakshina Venkatesh
Amiya Kumar
Diya Ponsudhahar
Rithika Nair


Two of our Bharatanatyam students from our East Croydon branch, Dakshina and Mahima performed a Jathiswarm and Ganesha Kavuthuam at Sri Ram Bhajan Sandhya, a celebration of the inauguration of the Ram Mandir, by Vishwa Hindu Parishad, at Coombe Wood School on January 21st.

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 03/02/2024

Upahaar's Bharatanatyam Grades 1 to 5 students from the South Croydon, Sutton, Orpington, and East Croydon branches, recently completed their ISTD exams after a lot of hard work and dedication!


Upahaar's Winter Term begins on January 10th!

Visit our website www.upahaar.co.uk to book a trial class for Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Mridangam, Carnatic Vocal or Yoga!


Happy New Year from Upahaar ❤️



Save the date for Rithika Nair's Bharatanatyam Arangetram, on 17th March 2024!

The performance will start at 4pm and will be in New Malden. Stay tuned to receive updates regarding this event through our social media!

Rithika will be accompanied by Guru Smt Shalini Shivashankar and a group of wonderful musicians.


Upahaar is excited to announce our 6 students showcases have been completed successfully as a part of our vibrant 20th Anniversary Celebrations this year!

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 05/12/2023

One of Upahaar's Grade 6 students Diya Ponsudhahar, recently performed a keerthanam - Aadinaye Kanna, at the Croydon Tamil Kazhagam’s Diwali function.

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 05/12/2023

Grade 5 students of our East Croydon branch presented a dance piece on Lord Muruga from their student showcase - Villinai Otta, for St Mathews Church's Christmas Tree Festival Concert last weekend!

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 02/12/2023

Rehearsals for our final student showcase are underway with our musicians!

Students of our South Croydon branch have been working very hard to present their pieces on Lord Shiva next sunday!


Upahaar is excited to announce the 6th and final student showcase series in our 20th anniversary celebrations this year!

Join us At Harris Academy Purley on December 10th at 3:45pm!

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 16/11/2023

Photographs from our final rehearsal for our Sutton branch's Student Showcase this sunday!


One of Upahaar's senior students and faculty Daniella Zak Varghese performed a Bharatanatyam piece with Anekha Pillai, for a Diwali initiative by Akademi and Breathe Arts Health Research.

They performed for in-patients and their carers at St Thomas Hospital in the Lane Fox Ward for respiratory illnesses and Henry Ward for elderly care

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 06/11/2023

Upahaar's Grade 4-5 students Rashmika, Saneeka and Debanshi from our Orpington and Croydon branches, recently performed a Bharatanatyam Jathiwaram at an event by Queen Mary University of London highlighting the importance of diversity!

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 01/11/2023

Upahaar's East Croydon students performed at Croydon Telegu Association's Dussehra and Deepavali Celebrations!

Two groups performed their dance pieces from their student showcase, Kanda Sashti Kavacham and Mayil Vahana.

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 24/10/2023

Upahaar's Vijayadashami pooja and celebrations for our dear Guru Smt Shalini Shivashankar!

Some students of Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam from a variety of Upahaar's branches came to pay respects to our Guru at the Upahaar Studio and practice our classical arts on this auspicious day.

Photos from Upahaar School of Dance's post 21/10/2023

Photographs by Venu at Unev Creations, of our recent East Croydon Student Showcase!


Upahaar is happy to announce that we are having an Open Day on the auspicious day of Vijaya Dashami (Tue Oct 24th), with an opportunity for new students to join and for existing students to get together for a short prayer and pooja.

Visit this form to express your interest:


Upahaar is happy to invite you all to the 5th episode of our student showcase series this year as a part of our 20th anniversary celebrations.

Our next event will be by students from our Sutton branch, who will present pieces in the theme of Krishna.

It will be at Harris Academy Purley on November 19th at 3:45pm.

Please contact a member of the Upahaar team to buy tickets or they cant also be bought at the door.

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Monday 4pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday 4pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday 4pm - 8:30pm
Thursday 4pm - 8:30pm
Friday 4pm - 8:30pm
Saturday 8:30am - 8:30pm
Sunday 8:30am - 3:30pm
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