Navatman Dance artistic director Sahasra Sambamoorthi studied bharata natyam with Ramya Ramnarayan for 14 years. Ramnarayan taught her how to showcase her individual strengths.
“She works with the person in front of her. She doesn’t try to make us all the same dancer. There’s a piece she taught me when I was very young that she also taught to another dancer. This person was a little bit better with quick footwork, so she involved a lot more of that in it. I tended to be more flexible, so I had more postures running through my choreography.”
See Sambamoorthi performing at the Drive East dance festival August 22–28 at the Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa in New York City.
Photo by Radha Ganesan, courtesy of Sambamoorthi