Kiran is a performer, choreographer, and scholar who deeply understands Indian classical dance and is astutely aware of its changing context in modern society. His primary goal as a choreographer is to create work that engages, educates, and uplifts a global audience through the poetic language of Indian classical dance. His sense of aesthetics and creative process are informed by his extensive background in Bharatanatyam, passion for neuroscience, and willingness to explore other possibilities with performance. Kiran’s works range from solo pieces of the traditional Bharatanatyam repertoire to interdisciplinary artist-to-artist collaborations. Strong technique, astute musicality, and captivating narrative are some of the distinguishing features of Kiran’s choreography and performance.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Music Academy (Chennai, India)
  • Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India)
  • Narada Gana Sabha (Chennai, India)
  • Bharat Kalachar (Chennai, India)
  • Brahma Gana Sabha (Chennai, India)
  • Kartik Fine Arts (Chennai, India)
  • India International Center (Delhi, India)
  • Khajuraho Festival (Madhya Pradesh, India)
  • Kumbhalgarh Fort (Rajasthan, India)
  • Le Centre Mandapa (Paris, France)
  • Embassy of India (Berlin, Germany)
  • Solo International Performing Arts Festival (Surakarta, Indonesia)
  • Drive East (New York, NY & San Francisco, CA)
  • El Teatro del Canal (Madrid, Spain)
  • La Casa de India (Valladolid, Spain)
  • Wassaic Festival (Wassaic, NY)
  • La MaMa Theater (New York, NY)
  • The Clemente (New York, NY)
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Staten Island, NY)
  • Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Marcus Garvey Park (New York, NY)
  • BAAD! Bronx Academy of Art & Dance (Bronx, NY)
  • Sri Venkateswara Temple (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Booth Tarkington Theater (Carmel, IN)
  • Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (Houston, TX)
  • Kalashraya Dance Festival (Washington, D.C.)

SELECTED AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

  • PASS Artist-in-Residence:  Snug Harbor Botanical Garden & Cultural Center - Staten Island, NY (2017)
  • HAF 2017 Artist:  Harlem Arts Festival - New York, NY (2017)
  • A Grade Artiste:  Doordarshan (Government of India) - Delhi, India (2015)
  • Pandit Durgalal Endowment:  Krishna Gana Sabha - Chennai, India (2013)
  • Talent Promotion Scheme:  Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram (Government of India) - Chennai, India (2012)
  • Fiscal Sponsorship:  New York Foundation for the Arts - New York, NY (2012)
  • Singar Mani:  Sur Singar Samsad - Mumbai, India (2010)

SELECTED PRESS REVIEWS

“Kiran’s nritta movements are impeccable in line. Interpretative dance too has conviction...”
Leela Venkataraman, The Hindu
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“Kiran’s best was the Darbar tana varnam, ‘Daari Teliyaka,’ in Khanda jathi ata tala (14 beats) composed by Patnam Subramania Iyer…It must have been a challenge as nayika bhava is a litmus test for a male dancer. Kiran’s portrayal of a hurt and betrayed heroine was restrained yet clear as he got across the message of sarcasm and anger effectively. He plunged unexplored depths with his involvement; this is where Kiran the student began his journey as an artist...”
Rupa Srikanth, The Hindu