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the Preservation and Bequeathing of age old traditions to the young, inquiring minds of the new generations, with the hope of initiating a progressive institution mirroring ancient cultural values.
Jamuna Mitcham started her dance education in Bharatanatyam of the Thanjuvar family at the tender age of three under the guidance of Guru Shri Chandrakant Hadkar, Guru Pt. V.J. Pillai and Guru Smt. Jayashree Pillai. Simultaneously along with Bharatanatyam, at the age of seven, she began learning Kathak from Late Guru Chaubey Maharaj and later from Late Shri Atma Ram who was the disciple of Late Guru Gopi Krishna in both Lucknow and Benaras Gharanas, respectively. Trained under the age old traditions and principles of 'Guru-Shishya parampara' i.e. teacher-disciple relation, she earned her "Visharad" in Bharatanatyam from Bharatiya Sangeet Samiti, Bombay.
After settling in New York, Jamuna established SHRADDHANJALI INDIAN ARTS ACADEMY and has been teaching Bharatanatyam, Kathak and various Indian Folk dances for the past 20 years with the belief in sharing her passion for the arts and entrusting our enriched culture and traditions to the next generation. Jamuna has trained several talented students and is one of the rare teachers who has performed students’ Bharatanatyam Arangetrams and Kathak Rang Praveshes. Her home productions include dance ballets such as Krishna Ashtami and Ganesha. She has also choreographed numerous dance dramas such as Bhaktamar, Mahasati Maina Sundari, Nemi-Rajul, etc., and her school participates in various cultural and corporate events.
Guru Smt. Jamuna Mitcham