Bharathanatyam Dancer, Choreographer and Musician
Los Angeles, CA
Sushma Mohan is an outstanding proponent of Bharata Natyam dance form. She combines genuine understanding of the traditional form while remaining alive to new possibilities about how it can be adapted to more contemporary sensibilities. Sushma is a wonderful dancer, impeccable in her sense of rhythm and in command of her material and form. She is in my view an exemplary exponent of Bharat Natyam. Prof. MAYA CHADDA New York.
Dancer: Born into a family of art – lovers, dance and music came easily to Sushma. Her parents Late Vidwan Raghusutha was a well-known South Indian author, an art critic and served on the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) publications board. Her mother Late K R Padmaje was a novelist and an art connoisseur. At a young age Sushma was initiated into dance by her first guru, her older brother Guru KRS Prasanna. After performing “Arangetram” (Formal dance debut) under Guru Prasanna, Sushma continued to learn the intricacies of Bharathanatyam under gurus Ranjani Ganesan and the Dhananjayans of Chennai.
Teacher: Sushma led Shanthala Arts Academy at Bangalore where she taught Bharathanatyam to students for more than 8 years. She was the associate artistic director of the New Jersey Branch of Soorya Dance Company where she taught Bharathanatyam, Carnatic music and nattuvangam. She holds the honor of being one of the first dancers in the United States to teach Bharathanatyam at the YMCA.
Performer: Sushma was invited by the State of New Jersey to perform for the State festival twice and was honored by the State Governor James Corzine. She was also invited by the State university of New Jersey “Mason Gross school of Arts” to conduct lecture demonstrations in Bharathanatyam for its dance graduates. Apart from numerous lecture demonstrations on traditional Indian dance in libraries, education institutions and private organizations in New Jersey and Los Angeles, Sushma has performed in New York, Maryland, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Utah, Chicago, San Antonio, Springfield IL and Columbia MO.
Choreographer: Sushma has choreographed and worked as an associate choreographer for numerous dance productions that have been presented at prestigious dance festivals in India, France, Holland, and USA. She has researched on the 18th century court poet “Mysore Sadashivaraya” and produced Apoorva Sadashiva. Her most recent dance production SRICHAKRA and THIRUPPAVAI have been raved by the press and public alike.
Musician: Sushma has been teaching Carnatic music to young students at New Jersey and Los Angeles and has composed music for her dance productions.
At present Sushma Mohan resides in Los Angeles and imparts dance and music training to a handful of dance enthusiasts.
BharathaNatyam (Classical Dance of South India):
- Guru Prasanna Kasthuri, Arts Academy, Bangalore.
- Guru Ranjani Ganesan, Ponnambalam Academy, Bangalore, Mumbai.
- Guru Sri Dhananjayans, Bhaaskara Gurukulam, Kerala, India.
Carnatic Music (South Indian Classical Music):
- Guru Late Sri Ambi Bhagavatar.
- Guru Leela Krishna Kumar.
- Guru Nivevdita Shivaraj
Veena (Stringed Instrument):
- Guru Sri Mysore V Subramanya.
Kathak (Classical Dance form of North India):
- Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography – Gurus Chitra Venugopal and Guru Smt.Maya Rao.
Kuchipudi (Classical Dance form of South India):
- Guru Smt.Dharini.
Nattuvangam (Art of Reciting Technical Syllables in a dance performance):
- Gurus Late Kamala Rani, Sri Prasanna Kasthuri and Pulikeshi Kasturi.
- Guru Sri C V Chandrashekar – Bharathanatyam (South Indian Classical Dance).
- Guru Sri Mahalingam Pillai – Bharathanatyam.
- Guru Smt. Kamala Rani – Nattuvangam (Art of Recitation).
- Guru Sri Khilton Nongmeiten – Manipur Martial Arts.
- Guru Sri Ranjith – Kalaripayattu (Martial Arts of Kerala, South India).
- Guru Kalamandalam Sri Sadanam Balakrishna – Kathakali (Classical Dance of Kerala, SouthIndia).