Jai Govinda and Anusha Fernando

CLASSICAL DANCE OF INDIA with Jai Govinda and Anusha Fernado

The Jai Govinda Dance Academy was established in Vancouver in 1995. The Academy offers some of the best and highest standards of training in the various aspects of the Indian Classical dance style Bharata Natyam.


The Pandanalur technique of Bharata Natyam passed on to the students of the Academy hails from the tradition of the great master Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai and has been received from Gurus Sri U.S. Krishna Rao, Smt. Chandrabhaga Devi and Mamata N. Nakra. Later, it was enriched by the musicality of Guru K.J. Govindarajan, the depth of abhinaya of Smt. Jamuna Krishnan and the ingeniousness of Smt. Jayalakshmi Eeshwar. It is the beauty and purity of that rich legacy that is passed on by Jai Govinda and the teachers of the Academy. The students do not only learn the basic steps of the style, but also its mythological content and cultural tradition.


After a certain number of years of training, the Academy also offers the possibility for the students to do their Arangetram or premier dance graduation performance according to the tradition of the dance style. Many students have now graduated from the school, and are enjoying successful careers in dance and teaching.


The Academy is recognized for the quality of its teaching not only in Canada but also in India as well. The students of the Academy perform regularly at festivals and various other venues across Canada. From time to time, the Academy also encourages the visit of teachers from India for special workshops and intensives.


The Jai Govinda Dance Academy operates under the umbrella of Mandala Arts and Culture Society of which Jai Govinda is the Artistic Director. Daily classes of Bharata Natyam are offered at all levels throughout the year.




All dancers seen photographed in this page are graduates of Jai Govinda Dance Academy

Farzana J.Jeraj


Paromita Naidu

Almira and Zahra Ismail


Rajeshwari Sundararajan



Ishwarya Chaitanya

Priya Kumar & Ashika Narayan


Ginette Dion


Rena Boggaram

Anusha Fernando


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