Sukhi Shetty Krishnan is blessed to be born into a family of dancers. Her late father, Master Gopal Shetty was the President of the Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur.
Under the inspiration of her spiritual teacher, guide and mentor Swami Shantanand, she has been given the role of one of the International Directors of the Temple of Fine Arts and the Vice Chancellor of Saraswathi Maha Vidhyalaya – a holistic learning university.
A dancer, choreographer and teacher, Sukhi Shetty Krishnan learned aspects of Indian dance under the tutelage of her father, Gopal Shetty and has also been blessed to be under the guidance of leading dance exponents including Vatsala Shivadas, Kumari Suryakala, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Saswati Sen and Sanjukta
Panigrahi. She spent her formative years by her fathers side imbibing his masterly approach to creative choreography and teaching style. She was awarded the prestigious ” Natya Acharya” in 2003 by Swami Shantanand Saraswati.
Sukhi has had over 25 years experience in choreography and collaborations for more than 20 major dance productions of the TFA from 1985 to date and has performed as artiste and choreographer in Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, New York, Scotland, Italy, France and Cambodia. She is versatile in several forms of Indian classical dance including Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Kathak, Kathakali and Indian Folk dance. Sukhi has also studied Asian dance forms particularly traditional Malay and Chinese dance in Malaysia. While in Perth she was a student at WAAPA and gained experience in Ballet, Spanish and Contemporary dance.
Sukhi has been teaching classical Indian dance styles at the TFA Perth since 1989. She has trained and guided her students to their Arangetram Solo Debuts and many of these students have since gone on to become teachers themselves. She has also taken part in many community projects, collaborations and school workshops in Perth and is currently a lecturer in Bharata Natyam at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Sukhi Shetty Krishnan and her team of passionate and dedicated teachers continue to learn and see their role as facilitators, in bringing the grand vision of their guru to audiences and students in Australia and around the world.
Kishore Kumar Krishnan
Kishore Kumar Krishnan has been part of the dance institution, The Temple of Fine Arts from a very young age. As such, he has been exposed to many styles of dance and productions through this institution. He started learning dance in the form of Bharatha Natyam at the age 4 under his mother Shrimathi Bhanumathi Krishnan and consequently Shrimathi Vasugi Sivanesan and Shri Shankar Kandasamy, Mavin Khoo and ventured into Odissi under Shrimathi Geetha Shankaran Lam, Basic Kathak under Sukhi Shetty and a range of folk dances. At 20 he ventured in Ballet and Contemporary dance learning under Umesh Shetty.
In 2011, he enrolled in the diploma program at ASWARA (National Arts Academy, Malaysia). At the same time, He was also immediately given a contract to be in the ASWARA dance company and have performed with them locally & internationally some namely:
Women On Top, JB Arts Festival, MyDance Festival, Dance Teens in Hong Kong, Swan Festival Of Lights Perth, Australia 2012-2015, Philippines Dance Xchange, Cebu MPO Festival, Muara Festival Singapore, The 4th Marketplace for Creative Arts, World Islamic Economic Forum
In 2011 and 2013, he was selected by Dance Work Production, in collaboration with Ena Ballet Company to perform in two major ballet productions which was preceded by intensive ballet training for 2 months each- ‘The White Bat and Copellia’. He then graduated with a Diploma in dance from ASWARA in May 2013.
Kishore completed his Arangetram in September 2013 under the Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with Aswara and was given the title ‘Nrtyanjali’. He has riveted audiences in all sorts of traditional and contemporary dances.
He pursued his degree at the Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and graduated with a Bachelor in Arts majoring in Dance Performance in 2015 and has worked with local and international acclaimed choreographers such as Nanatte Hassale , Sue Peacock , Michael Whaites , Oded Ronan, Claudia Alesis, Sue Hayley to name a few. He Performed with WAAPA at the World Dance Alliance Singapore and also worked with Zfin Malta Dance Company as part of his internship in June 2015 where he had the opportunity to work with Mavin Khoo (Artistic Director Zfin Malta Dance Company & Rehearsal Director at Akram Khan Dance Company), Nico Monaco and Yen-Ching (Akram Khan Dance Company)
In August 2016 , Kishore was invited by Akram Khan Company to tag along with the dancers to part-take in classes and rehearsals during their KAASH performance in Penang for the Georgetown Festival. Kishore is currently pursuing his
Kishore is currently pursuing his honours program with LINK DANCE COMPANY (WAAPA) and will be performing in Major Festivals is Europe 2017. This year would be his 6th year dancing professionally as he only started dancing at the age of 20 without any prior ballet or contemporary training.
Sarasa Krishnan is an Indian classical dancer, visual artist and author who has performed, exhibited and lectured in Europe, UK, USA, Australia and Asia.
An exhibited visual artist, she has presented solos in dance/visual art performances in Paris, France, Florence Italy, United Kingdom and Singapore, under the auspices of private galleries, theatres and Festivals. Sarasa was awarded the prestigious "Natya Acharya" (Professor of Dance) in 2003 by His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswati, founder of The Temple of Fine Arts International.
In 2014, Sarasa published her first book entitled Bharata's Karanas that is based upon the 108 Karanas in Sage Bharata’s Natya Shastra. The book explores the intimate connection between philosophical enquiry and artistic endeavors, and their arguably parallel journey in unveiling the diversely complex and multifarious processes involved in perception, awareness and insight in cognizing experience.
In 2016, Sarasa was awarded her PHD at Murdoch University, Perth, that explored the role and function of the observer in a staged performance, with particular reference to the Indian aesthetic theory of Rasa, and its effect on what we mean by consciousness.
She is the Artistic Director and Vice-Preseident of Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya , and is currently working on her second book, based on her doctoral thesis.
Dr Anuradha Sutharshan
Anuradha started her dance career at the age of 3 in Sri Lanka from Shrimati Subathra Sivadas and then continued at Coimbatore, India from Kumari Suryakala. Anu’s dance graduation was in 1987 from The Temple of Fine Arts, Coimbatore. With the blessings and guidance of her Guru and mentor, Swami Shantanand Saraswati, Anu is continuing to learn, perform and teach this divine art form.
She has been teaching dance since 1985 at The Temple of Fine Arts, Coimbatore. She then migrated to Perth, Australia in 1995 and continued teaching at The Temple of Fine Arts, Perth.
Over the past years Anu has helped about seven graduate students and has performed in most of the major productions of The Temple of Fine arts locally and internationally. She is continuing to improve her Bharata Natyam skills and also learning/performing Odissi. Her Kathak training started with Dipanjali Bedi in Perth and is currently under guidance of Pandit Birju Maharaj.
Anu’s goal is to help as many Bharata Natyam graduates as possible from The Temple of Fine Arts and to help motivate and fine-tune students innate skills to become creative dancers. Anu also would like to learn and improve her Nattuvangam skills.
Anu works as Applications Team Leader at The Department of Transport and has completed her PhD in Human Factors and Cultural Influences in Implementing Agile Philosophy and Agility in Global Software Development.
Aarthi Kamalesh made her foray into the world of Indian classical dance at the age of 4 at the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA), Kuala Lumpur. She began her Bharatanatyam training under the tutelage of Radha Shetty, then began learning Odissi under the able guidance of Geetha Shankaran-Lam.
Feeling the need for more of a challenge, Aarthi began Kathak training under the tutelage of Sukhi Shetty-Krishnan and Manju Hari. She has attended several Kathak workshops by Kathak maestro, Pandit Birju Maharaj since beginning her training in 2009.
Aarthi has participated in many TFA productions locally and internationally. She currently teaches Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Indian classical dance theory at SMV. Besides having training in dance, she has also been trained in the Carnatic style of music; vocally by Sivamani Selliah and the violin in the Carnatic style by Kanagamani Vijayendra.
Aarthi is currently a full- time practicing dentist in Perth. When not dancing, teaching or practising dentistry, Aarthi enjoys immersing herself in the world of literature.
Manju Radha Krishnan
Manju began her journey in dancing from the tender age of five at the Temple of Fine Arts in the form of Bharata Natyam under the tutelage of Vatsala Sivadas. She then ventured into Odissi at the age of 15 under the guidance of Geetha Shankaran Lam.
She obtained her initial training in Kathak under Umesh Shetty at the age of 16 and continued her training in Perth with Sukhi Krishnan & Sarasa Krishnan. She is currently under the guidance of Kathak Guru Pandit Birju Maharaj. Manju also started learning contemporary dance at the age of 18 under Umesh Shetty.
Manju performed her dance debut in Bharata Natyam in 1997, proffering her the title ‘Nrityanjali’. She performed her Odissi debut in 2004, marking her graduation in the style of Odissi. Manju also graduated from Curtin University with a BSc (Mathematics) in 2003.
Manju has performed extensively in numerous shows and productions produced by the Temple of Fine Arts. In 1998, she played the lead role in the production Shakuntala that was staged internationally.
Manju is currently a professional dancer based in Perth performing internationally. Apart from teaching Bharata Natyam, Odissi and Kathak at the Temple of Fine Arts, she also assists Sukhi Shetty-Krishnan with rehearsals for performances and productions.
Rajaswari commenced Bharata Natyam at the age of 9 and is currently learning Odissi under Manjula Hari.
She began as a volunteer at the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) and Annalakshmi in Kuala Lumpur. She helped with the TFA’s HANSA magazine and some of the TFA KL music and dance shows. She was also the voice for Mahsuri – the Malay dance drama production by TFA. Raji came to Perth and joined the Temple of Fine Arts Perth in 1994, performing at various TFA local and international events.
Raji’s interest in Balavihar teaching (4-6 year olds) began while watching her daughter learn to dance back in 1997. She has been teaching 4-6 year-olds since then. She is very passionate about nurturing children in dance and music. Her joy is knowing the children are eager to attend classes. Her philosophy for teaching children is ‘Be a child to teach a child’. Raj also teaches Carnatic vocal for 4-6 year olds.
Raji also runs movement classes in the Bollywood genre for adults and has been involved in the choreography and coordination of the recreation classes offered by TFA through workshops in The Swan Festival of Lights.
She has also been the Master of Ceremony for Swan Festival of Lights and other TFA productions
Reshme, an environmental scientist by profession, started Bharatanatyam classes in KL, Malaysia at the age of 6 under the guidance of Vasuki Sivanesan and Shankar Kandasamy. She moved to Perth in 2009 where she continued her interest in dance under the tutelage of Anuradha Sutharshan and Sukhi Shetty Krishnan.
Graduating from the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) Kuala Lumpur and Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (SMV) Perth in 2012 with the title Nrityanjali, she has since been conducting Bala Vihar classes helping nurture the interest in dance and music of 4-5 year old. She also helps other dance teachers with their Bharatanatyam classes. Reshme has also been learning Odissi since 2007 from Sumathi Chandra and Manjula Radha Krishnan; and Kathak since 2010 from Sukhi Shetty- Krishnan. She is also learning to play the flute from Sampagodu Vighnaraja of India/Malaysia.
She has taken part in many TFA productions such as Ramayana, Swan Lake , Viswa Vinayaka and many other TFA shows, including the Swan Festival of Lights.
Amongst her goals for her students is to be able to dance as if in meditation, with the complete surrender to the art form. She wants to nurture the love and respect for dance and music in every little one that comes to her bala vihar class, so that they graduate as beautiful dancers from the Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya Institute. Dance is a beautiful journey for a dancer to go through, and Reshme would like to share that magical experience with her students.
Dr Saseedaran Anandan
Saseedaran Anandan started learning Bharata Natyam under the tutelage of Srimathi Bhanu Krishnan, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Inspired by the “Science in the Arts”, he pursued further training under the guidance of Srimathi Kamakshi Jayaraman in Singapore and went on to complete his arangetram under her tutelage at TFA Coimbatore, India in 1997. He was awarded the title of Yogyata Patra by His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswathi and conferred the title of Nrityanjali in Bharata Natyam by the Temple of Fine Arts International. For his dedication Sasee has also received International Research Award (2002- 2004) – Australia, World Stage Design and Performance, Toronto (Presentation Award) 2005 and Fellowship Award (2008) – International Society for Performing Arts, New York.
Teaching for 25 years in Bharata Natyam and folk dance, Sasee also had training in Odissi and performed under the guidance of Geeta Shankaran Lam. He has participated in workshops in Kathakali, Kathak and ethnic dance from pioneer gurus of TFA International as well as from renowned gurus from India. Besides dance, he also received vocal training from Pandit Chandrakant Kapileshwari in Singapore.
His work experience as Architecture Officer in Singapore sparked him to explore ‘space, form and the body’ in many of TFA’s production. This quest brought him to Perth, where he completed his degree at the Edith Cowan University and subsequently a PhD from Murdoch University, WA. As a dancer, teacher and creative director, Sasee has been instrumental in exploring and creating various production design and presentation in TFA as well as for other community events in Western Australia.
Sasee’s goals for students: As he was inspired by his spiritual guru he hopes to share what he has received, and enrich students’ experience and inculcate passion.
Further, inspiring them to achieve excellence in performance and presentation, whilst understanding dance as visual poetry and connect themselves to this lovely art form.
Shaki (Vimala) Hari is a registered nurse and a Practise Manager by profession. She commenced her Bharata Naatyam training at the age of nine and graduated in 1993 with the Swami Shantanand Kanage Sabha award at the Temple of Fine Arts (Singapore), under the tutelage of Srimati Kaamakshi Jayaraman.
She was also trained in Odissi by Srimati Geetha Ket at the Temple of Fine Arts (Kuala Lumpur). Shaki also studied Kathak initially from Srimati Deepanjali Bedi in Perth and is now currently under the guidance of Pandit Birju Maharaj.
Shaki has performed in several major productions for the Temple of FIne Arts in various countries, taking lead roles in Odissi Odyssey, Ramayana, Vishwa Vinaayaka and Midsummer Nights Dream and also performed in Kathak presentations choreographed by Pandit Birju Majaraj.
Shaki has been teaching Bharata Naatyam for over twenty years and also assists in teaching Kathak for the past 5 years. She endeavours to inculcate her passion for dance to her students and hopes to inspire them to achieve excellence; and most of all enjoyment of this ancient art form.
Sharmila Kumar graduated in Bharata Natyam in Perth, under the tutelage of Sukhi Shetty Krishnan and Sarasa Krishnan, in 2003. Since then she has also learnt Kathak from Sukhi Shetty Krishnan, Sarasa Krishnan and Manjula Radha Krishnan, and is currently continuing to learn under the guidance of Pandit Birju Maharaj.
Odissi and contemporary dance being part of her repertoire, Sharmila has participated in numerous dance productions of The Temple of Fine Arts and has also performed in various venues around the world including Italy and France.
Sharmila is currently teaching Bharata Natyam technique and her natural warmth for young children, makes her a teacher that wholly imparts her passion for dance to the young budding students.
Sharmila Radha Krishnan
Sharmila Radha Krishnan started her training in dance and music with The Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur from the young age of 4. She started training in Bharata Natyam with Master Gopal Shetty and then continued on with Radha Shetty until her Bharatha Natyam Arangetram(graduation) with the title of Nrityanjali in 2003 in Perth while completing her university studies. She is also trained in the styles of Odissi and Kathak by The Temple of Fine Arts.
Sharmila has performed in many TFA productions internationally since she was 7 and continues to do so till this day.
Sharmila hopes to pass on to her students the values and principles she feels she has gained through her time as a student and performer with TFA. She feels that the best part about TFA is that she is given so much exposure to all dance & music styles and this has helped her body and mind be more receptive to the various ways one can move in dance. Teaching Indian culture in a predominantly western society which is filled with modern day gadgets and technology, she hopes to teach her students the benefits of physical activity and its effects on the brain and how it can help keep the mind active, focussed and sharp. Her main aim with all her students is to instil in them the values of being kind, compassionate and giving through their time in TFA while learning an ancient art form/s.
Dr Vish Ramakonar
Vish Ramakonar started learning bharathanatyam in 1981 and performed her solo debut or ‘arangetram’ in 2003 under the tutelage of Sukhi Shetty-Krishnan and Sarasa Krishnan.
Vish learnt Odissi from Geetha Shankaran Lam and five years of Kathak training from Sarasa Krishnan, Sukhi Shetty Krishnan and Manjula Radha Krishnan whilst, currently under the guidance of Pandit Birju Maharaj. Vish has also had training in contemporary dance from Umesh Shetty of Kuala Lumpur.
Over the years, Vish has taken part and toured in numerous dance dramas and stage productions with the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA). She holds a doctorate in Engineering and works for SMV’s sister organisation Sankhya Consultants – an IT consultancy firm who’s main aim is to provide technology related consultancy and training. Vish’s passion for dance has seen her perform internationally with TFA.
Siddha Nayki started her dance journey at the age of 3 learning Bharata Natyam at the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) in Singapore, under the guidance of Kumari Suryakala. She went onto completing her Bharatanatyam Arangetram in 1991under the care of Shrimati Kamashi Jayaraman and Shrimati Usha Dorai, after which she commenced teaching Bharatanatyam in Temple of Fine Arts Perth in 1992. Siddha has also learnt Hindustani vocal under the guidance of Pandit Chandrakant Kapileshwari and Shri Kedar Kharat and Carnatic vocal under the guidance of Shrimati Raji Sekhar.
Together with numerous other Bharatanatyam graduates, she was conferred with the sacred title of Nrityanjali at TFA International Graduation Ceremony that was held in 1993, where she also received the ‘Poojaniya Guru Shivadas Ratna-Sabha Distinction Award’ from her Guru and founder of this organisation, Swami Shantanand Saraswati.
Siddha is one of the many dancers in the organisation who has had the privilege to learn and perform Kathak under the guidance of Pandit Birju Maharajji and Kumari Saswati Sen. She had her initial training under the care of Shrimati Dipanjali Bedi. Siddha is currently pursuing her PhD at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University (ANU).