A classical dancer practicing Bharatanatyam for two decades, Akshara is a Performer, Choreographer, Teacher, Researcher and Curator. She has recently contributed a dissertation on 'Exploring Śr̥ṅgārā in Haridāsā Literature', as part of her Master's degree in Bharatanatyam, through Tamil University. She is pursuing Indian Aesthetics under Dr. Karuna Vijayendra with the study of treatises- Natyasastra & Dasarupaka.
She performed her 'Rangapravesha'- stage debut under the guidance of Smt. Yogita Kulkarni and studied 'Diploma in Advanced Bharatanatyam' under her tutelage. She continued her training under Smt. Minal Prabhu. She started her dance training with Smt. Shubha Dhananjay and Smt. Rohini Dhananjaya. She has trained in Karnatik music and Yoga, as allied arts to Bharatanatayam, apart from dabbling in other dance forms such as Kathak, Salsa, freestyle, contemporary, Odissi and folk styles.
Notable Solo Performances
Festivals & Performances
Akshara teaches Bharatanatyam at The Structural School of Fine Arts to over 100 students. Her students perform solo recitals and in group productions, assist in teaching, choreograph, learn music, yoga and allied theory & treatises as part of their curriculum. They are also meritorious in Karnataka Secondary Board Examinations, as well as in Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahamandali exams. The students are exposed to around 25 different art forms in the same art school, Monthly programs in various dance forms, Art festivals, Seminars, Workshops, Symposiums and conversations with eminent personalities within the Institute premises, apart from scheduled field trips for the blossoming of a multi-disciplinary, well-rounded and a sensible artist.
Semi- classical experiments
Workshops/ Lecture Demonstrations
To initiate students and non-dancers into Indian Classical Dances- especially Bharatanatyam, Curricooler arranged a workshop called 'Introduction to Bharatanatyam' by Akshara Bharadwaj. Many participants danced for the first time, learnt some basic dance theory, the inception and history of Bharatanatyam, the dance form as we see today and so on. She recently delivered a Lec- Dem on 'Nrithya in Bharatanatyam' through a Digital Live Session, organised by Praroha Institute for Arts Foundation.