About Us


Vishwa Shanthi Performing Arts (VSPA), led by the Artistic Director, Shreelata Suresh, has had the privilege of performing in several events, amidst several types of audiences, here in the United States of America and abroad. Through various productions often presented with a crisp and fresh perspective, we are continually striving to showcase dance and allied arts in its purest.

We have performed for several years at the prestigious San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival having won their competitive auditions. VSPA dancers have performed at the International Dance Festival in Prague and won awards in solo and group categories. We have also performed at the December Music and Dance festivals in Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and New Delhi.

Through thematic presentations, VSPA has completed several successful fundraisers for cultural, religious of various denominations and medical research institutions in the Bay Area namely, Shiva Murugan Temple, Concord, Sivananda Yoga Farm, Mercy Center, Shadika, Brain Tumor foundation and the Shiva Vishnu Temple, Livermore.

The use of the whole space is one of the hallmarks of VSPA performances - movement accompanied by effortless change in formations, and flashes of speed interspersed with graceful stillness. The audience is often left mesmerized by the symmetry and the synchronized movements of the dancers, the dramatic expressions and the ability to convey the story to the uninitiated audiences. In short, the entire experience is akin to a form of collective meditation centering on beauty, movement, sacred music, harmony and rhythm.

Repertory


VSPA’s vast repertory of award winning solo and group presentations can be customized for your needs - time, audience, space or budget. All dance items will be preceded by a clear explanation of the item and concept in English to enable the total enjoyment of the performance. Apart from the thematic and operatic productions, VSPA can present traditional and fusion pieces showcasing Bharatanatyam set to instrumental and contemporary music ranging from 20 minutes to an hour.

We are currently booking tours dates for the following productions:

Padme - Lotus in Asian Mythology (1.5hrs) – Thematic presentation

A Bharatanatyam dance recital that draws its inspiration from the beautiful flower, the lotus, which is sacred to many cultures; and explores the symbolism of the lotus in Asian mythology. In the sacred Ancient language, Sanskrit, Padme is a lotus. The lotus is regarded as a symbol of creation, purity, and enlightenment. It rises from the deep muddy waters to blossom into a pure and perfect flower, untouched by the mire. Similarly, our consciousness evolves from base impulses and worldly imperfections to spiritual liberation.

The Buddhist prayer, "Om Mani Padme Hum", symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech and mind of the compassionate Buddha. Thus we start our journey discovering the jewel in the lotus. According to Indian mythology, Vishnu came forth in a golden lotus from the milky ocean. From his navel, arose a lotus and Brahma the creator was seated in the center of the flower. Thus, creation began. The dancers praise through hymns the Goddess Saraswathi, the embodiment of knowledge. With pure dance and mime the three forms of Shakthi, the auspicious one, is displayed. The compassion of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha is depicted through a buddhist jataka tale. Various folk dances from South India celebrate the God Muruga, who was born in six lotuses. Thus, the dancers in Padme embark on a journey from the beginning of the universe and conclude at the lotus feet of the Lord symbolizing the surrender of the Self to the Creator who resides in the lotus of our hearts.

Samudra Manthan - Churning of the Milky Ocean (1.5hrs) - Operatic presentation

This performance is an operatic work entitled "Samudra Manthan" specially commissioned by Vishwa Shanthi, written and music composed by Chennai based poet and musicologist, PR Venkatasubramanian, sung by Guru V Krishnamoorthi, choreographed by artistic director, Shreelata Suresh and performed by her and 25 senior dancers in elaborate costumes and roles. Samudra Manthan, meaning "churing of the ocean" depicts the popular mythological story from our ancient texts about the struggle between demi-Gods (Devas) and Demons (Asuras) who are archrivals for supremacy over the 3 worlds. Much like today, these enemies realize that sometimes they have to collaborate. So they seek the help of Vishnu and Shiva to access the nectar of Immortality by churning the divine ocean on which Vishnu rests. The ensuing drama, obstacles, deceit, fights, flirtatious romances and more are depicted in several episodes in this dance-drama with a cornucopia of Indian mythological characters in rich costumes which will appeal to all ages and cultures.

The dance-drama format has more appeal for audiences of all ages and cultures.

Some of our Productions:

Thematic:

Sankhya (Solo or Group) - Numbers and Creation (1.5hrs)

Sankhya crosses all boundaries of religion and culture to reiterate the truth that all is ‘One’.This message of Unity in Diversity is beautifully portrayed with reference to numbers 1-10 and back to “One”.

Srishti - Creation of the Universe - (1.5hrs)

Srishti is about creation of this universe from primordial sounds. It is entirely in Tamil, and portrays the traditional margam as a metaphor for creation.

Sthithi (1.5hrs)

This is a complete program that depicts how divine creation in its duality of good and evil forces is preserved permanently by the life force. (The main piece is the Dasavatharam where Lord Vishnu protects the world through his ten Avathars)

Padme - Lotus in Asian Mythology (1.5hrs)

Exploring the symbolism of the lotus, Padme, VSPA weave many mythological stories through dance and music.

Operatic:

Samudra Manthan - Churning of the Milky Ocean (1.5hrs)

VSPA’s first operatic work entitled "Samudra Manthan" was specially commissioned by Vishwa Shanthi, written and music composed by Chennai based poet and musicologist, PR Venkatasubramanian, sung by Guru V Krishnamoorthi, choreographed by artistic director, Shreelata Suresh and performed by her and 25 senior dancers in elaborate costumes and roles. The demi-Gods (Devas) and Demons (Asuras) collaborate to churn the Milky Ocean to extract the Nectar of Immortality. Unlike a typical Indian dance performance, the dance-drama format brings together more characters, stories, colors and costumes and thus has more appeal for all ages and cultures.

Contemporary:

Poorthi (10 minutes)

This Izzie nominated choreography has been presented twice at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

Raaga (6 minutes)

An international dance festival award winner, this piece has Bharatanatyam set to A. R. Rahman's Raaga’s Dance, fusion of the Violin and classical dance.

Devi Stuthi (solo or group)

The different aspects of the Supreme Mother presented through various sacred hymns.

Lecture Demonstrations


VSPA is proud to start a series of Lecture Demonstrations by visiting artists and our Faculty on various topics - visit our calendar for the upcoming series or check out our Gallery for past Videos and topics.

October 17, 2015 - Lecture and performance by visiting artist, Apoorva Jayaraman.

Calendar of Events


Oct
20

Vijayadashmi Celebrations

All Day Event
Los Altos
Free
May
4

Annual Day 2019

All Day Event
Woodside
  1. Sep
    9

    Arangetram of Aika Goel

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Redwood City
    Sep
    1
    Aug
    26

    Nritya Mela 2018

    12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Dublin
    Aug
    19

    Arangetram of Kavya Shah

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Atherton
    Aug
    12

    Arangetram of Ruchira Mirji

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Dublin
    Jul
    1
    Jun
    24

    Arangetram of Chetna Natarajan

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Woodside
    Jun
    2

    Foster City cityFest 2018

    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Foster City
    May
    26

    San Francisco International Arts Festival 2018

    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    San Francisco
    Mar
    3

    Devi Mahaatmiyam

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Livermore
    Jan
    27

    Arangetram of Vani Suresh

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Atherton
  2. Nov
    29

    Arangetram of Karthick Sundaram

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Santa Clara
    Oct
    14

    Natya Isai Vizha

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Milpitas
    Aug
    12

    Arangetram of Shatoparba Banerjee

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Palo Alto
    Jun
    24

    Arangetram of Ananya Ram

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Palo Alto
    Jun
    10

    Arangetram of Supreethi Penmetcha

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Los Altos
    Apr
    20

    Karthikeya

    2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Woodside
    Apr
    15

    Arangetram of Swathi Prabhu

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Woodside
  3. Dec
    16

    Vishwa Shanthi Adavu-a-Thon Fundraiser

    10:30 am - 11:30 am
    San Mateo
    Sep
    23

    PUSHfest 2016

    8:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    San Francisco
    Sep
    10
    Aug
    28
    Aug
    27

    Krishna Janmashtami

    7:45 pm - 8:30 pm
    Livermore
    Aug
    6

    Arangetram of Skanda Suresh

    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    San Mateo
    Jun
    25

    Arangetram of Esha Bhatia

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Redwood City
    Jun
    18

    Arangetram of Abhaya Krishnan-Jha

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    San Mateo
    Jun
    4
    May
    29
    May
    29

    Vande Vasudevam

    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Sunnyvale
    May
    14

    Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Day 2016

    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    San Jose
    Mar
    12

    Krishnarpanam

    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Redwood City
    Jan
    24

    Natya Mela for Chennai Flood Relief

    10:30 am - 7:30 pm
    Sunnyvale
    Mar
    6

    Shivaratri Celebration

    8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Concord
  4. Aug
    30

    Arangetram of Ananya Murali

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Palo Alto
    Jun
    28

    Arangetram of Keertana Patnam

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Woodside
    Jan
    10
    Nov
    1
    Oct
    17
  5. Aug
    23

    Arangetram of Pratibha Sriram

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Santa Clara
    Jul
    1
    Jun
    28

    Arangetram of Kavya Nambiar

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Saratoga
    Jun
    21

    Arangetram of Namrata Subramanian

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    San Mateo
  6. Sep
    7

    Padmé: The Lotus in Ancient Mythology

    All Day Event
    San Francisco
    Aug
    24

    Arangetram of Nidhi Manoj

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    San Mateo
    Apr
    7

    Padmé: The Lotus in Ancient Mythology

    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Palo Alto
    Apr
    6

    Arangetram of Nikitha Murthy

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Woodside
    Mar
    25
  7. Nov
    3

    Arangetram of Abha Sharma

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Palo Alto
    Aug
    18

    Arangetram of Janani Kumar

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    San Mateo
    Aug
    11

    Arangetram of Shreya Thuse

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    San Mateo
    May
    26

    Arangetram of Saatchi Bhalla

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Saratoga
  8. Aug
    27

    Arangetram of Pujitha Anur

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Palo Alto
    Aug
    13

    Arangetram of Chandini Ramesh

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Palo Alto
    Apr
    23

    Arangetram of Sameeha Rau

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Palo Alto
  9. Jan
    23

    Arangetram of Priya Sohoni

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Palo Alto
  10. Apr
    25

    Arangetram of Nisha Balaraman

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Woodside
  11. Aug
    24

    Arangetram of Divya Ramakrishnan

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Palo Alto
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