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Neena Gulati - Founder/Director
was born in New Delhi, India, and began dancing when she was only four years old. She performed her Arangetram at the Fine Arts Theater in New Delhi in 1961.
Critics applauded her debut with comments such as the following from Youth of
India: "Neena has an inimitable style.
A master of the Panthanallur style of Bharat Natyam, Neena Gulati has
received high critical acclaim for her professional performances throughout
India and the United States. In 1964, Neena was invited to perform at the United
Nations General Assembly. Since moving to the U.S. in 1967, she has performed at
countless functions and universites across
Neena has taught at Brown University, and has been guest artist in several
Universites and schools in New England. She gives lecture- demonstrations,
explaining and demonstrating her art form to varied audiences. Neena has
In 1993, the Boston Globe described her as "a pioneer in bringing classical Indian dance in all its nuance to New England."
Wendy Jehlen - Creative Director
has been a student and performer of the Bharata Natyam style of classical South Indian dance since the age of seven. In the United States she has studied under Neena Gulati, at the Triveni School of Dance in Brookline, where she is presently Creative Director and co-choreographer. She has also studied in Madras, India at Bharata Kalanjali under the internationally acclaimed dancers and choreographers, the Dhananjayans.
Wendy has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and India. Wendy's
choreography incorporates her training and experience in South Indian classical
dance, Contemporary dance and other styles of movement, especially focusing
Recently she has choreographed and danced with a group called FabricaMusica, based at Fabrica, SpA, a communications research center located outside of Venice, Italy and funded by a generous grant from United Colors of Benetton.
Wendy is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in Storytelling and Performance. She received her Masters in Religion and Performance from Harvard Divinity School in May 2000.
Mary Koperski - Dance Instructor - Brookline Branch
began dancing ballet and afro-Caribbean styles at age 13. At 17, she was
accepted to NYU School of the Arts as a dance performance major. At NYU, she was
introduced to Classical Indian Dance by Ritha Devi, teaching the
Mary has taught ballet, yoga and Bharata Natyam in many venues including Kripalu Institute, Khalsa Women's Summer Camp (New Mexico), NorthEast Youth Ballet and Somerville elementary after-school programs. She incorporates her knowledge of western dance styles and yoga to make Bharata Natyam as accessible as possible to her students. She loves to work with beginning dance students, both youngsters and adults, and pays particular attention to body alignment and proper posture.
Mary holds a BFA in Dance from Empire State College. She is a certified Ayurvedic Consultant (Kripalu Institute), assisting individuals in establishing optimal well-being through a balanced lifestyle.
She continues her studies both
in dance with Neenaji and through her daily
yoga practice. She currently performs with
Tejasi Thatte has been a student of Bharat Natyam since 1993 under the guidance of Neena Gulati at the Triveni School of Dance. She continues to study the Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi styles of dance. Tejasi completed her Arangetram in January 2003 in Pune, Maharashtra, India. She has performed in various capacities in an array of venues, both nationally and internationally.
Tejasi has been teaching at Triveni’s Brookline branch since the summer of 2010 and focuses on good posture as well as purposeful movement of each part of the body. She thinks it is important to smile when you dance, not just to shine on stage, but to express the joy you have for dance.
Tejasi is currently studying to receive a Juris Doctorate at Northeastern University School of Law.