Neena Gulati, Founder/Director
Neena Gulati 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, New Delhi in 1961. Critics applauded her debut with comments such as the following from Youth of India: "Neena has an inimitable style. The flawless sense of rhythm and deep devotion with which she dances with abandon places her as one of the leading young Bharatanatyam dancers in the capital. She is intensity and enchantment...there is not one in Delhi's crop of young performers to match Kumari Neena's accurate style and creativeness."
A master of the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam, Neena Gulati has received high critical acclaim for her professsional performances throughout India and the United States. In 1964, Neena was invited to to perform at the United Nations General Assembly. Since moving to the US in 1967, she has performed at countless functions and universities across the continent and in England. Neena has taught at Brown University and has been a guest artist at several universities in New England. She gives lecture-demonstrations, explaining and demonstrating her art form to varied audiences. She also collaborates with artists of different disciplines, including actors, musicians, dancers, and poets. She has been involved in numerous benefit performances and has choreographed dance dramas. An energetic and loving teacher, Neena is an excellent example of the guru-shishya tradition of teaching that has preserved the purity of Indian classical dance since the time of the Vedas. The Boston Globe described her as a "pioneer in bringing classical Indian dance in all its nuance to new England."
The Boston Dance Alliance, an independent organization that supports dance across the Boston metropolitan area, named Neena Gulati its 2016 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion. This award, created in 2004, recognizes those who have made important and lasting contributions to the dance landscape in Boston. An anonymous nomination recommending her for this honor noted that “at Triveni, Neena Gulati takes traditional pieces and re-choreographs them with a contemporary aesthetic, producing a fusion that entrances both Indians and Americans and allows them to explore wisdom held in the ancient scriptures.”
Additional Teaching Staff
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Oami completed her arangetram in 2000. She has been teaching at Triveni since 2003. She teaches all three styles of dance at Triveni.
Kruti began her training in Bharatnatyam at the age of 5 in Hyderabad, India. After moving to Boston in 2001 she began training under Neena Gulati. She completed her arangetram in 2008 and has been teaching since then. She continues to intensify her training in Acting, Yoga, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi.
Prnay completed his rangapravesam at Triveni in 2016. He then traveled to Chennai, India, where he pursued two years of full-time advanced training from leading gurus in the Vempati style of Kuchipudi, where he also trained in Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedic chanting.
Gayatri began her training in Bharanatyam at the age of 5 with Sivagami Vanka at Kalabharathi School of Dance in Beaverton, OR, and continued with Kalashri Asha Gopal at Arathi School of Dance in Phoenix, AZ. She completed her arangetram in 2001 and has been teaching at Triveni since 2015.
Rachel completed her arangetram in 2010 under the tutelage of Neena Gulati. She began teaching at Triveni that same year and has instructed students of all ages since then in the styles of Odissi, Kuchipudi, and Bharanatyam.
Sruthi is trained in Bharatnatyam and completed her Arangetram in 2015 under guru Rachita Nambiar (Rasika School of Dance in Hershey, PA). Guru Preya Patel (Devi School of Dance in Austin, TX) has also deeply influenced Sruthi’s creativity in Bharatnatyam. In recent years, she has been learning Kuchipudi with Triveni School of Dance founder and senior teacher, Neena Gulati and Prnay Chopra.
Shruti started learning Bharatnatyam at the age of 4 under the tutelage of Shri Radha Sivakumar and completed her arangetram in 2004. In 2016, she joined Triveni to continue learning under Neena Aunty and has been teaching since 2019.
As a child, Roopa trained at Triveni for 3 years and was readying for arangetram, but got a sports injury and had to quit dance. She returned to Triveni in 2016, completed her arangetram in 2019, and teaches all three styles since then.
Anisha began learning dance with Neenaji when she was 5 and completed her arangetram in 2013. She is very grateful to be back with the Triveni community as a teacher.
Kavya began learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 5 in Chennai, India under Smt. Vijaya Mohana of Sri Sai Natyalayam. She joined Triveni soon after and completed her Arangetram in 2011. She has been teaching Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi at Triveni since 2021.
Priyanka has been learning dance since 1992. She completed her arangetram in 2002 and teaches Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi.