Surabhi Bharadwaj, Founder and Artistic Director of Siddhi Dance Academy, CA, is a seasoned Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher who is presently training over 70 students at her institute. She has won accolades through her performances across India, USA, Europe, and the Middle East. Surabhi is an Empanelled Artist of Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Government of India and a Graded Artist of the Indian National Broadcasting Channel. She holds the title ‘Arsha Kala Chudamini’ awarded by Swami Dayananda Saraswati for her contribution in the field of dance. She founded Yokayam, a comprehensive program that combines Yoga, Kalaripayattu (Indian Martial Arts), and Bharatanatyam, and has taught this program at YMCA-Embarcadero, San Francisco, Saint Mary’s College, CA, University of Nevada, Reno, and annual workshops at Abhinaya Dance Company, San Jose.
Surabhi is trained in Bharatanatyam for over two decades under eminent Gurus in India. At a tender age, She started her training in the Pandanallur tradition under the tutelage of Guru Natyashree K M Raman. She later continued her training under Karnataka Kalathilika Smt. Radha Sridhar and Karnataka Kalashree B Bhanumati. She studied Karanas (a movement style from the ancient treatise Natya Sastra) under Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam and Nirupama Rajendra. Surabhi is also a lighting designer. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology and an Advanced Diploma in Genetic Engineering from Jain University, India. She has completed Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in Bharatanatyam from Sastra University, India, and MFA in Dance: Design & Production from Saint Mary’s College of California. Her education and her experience working as the Principal Dancer in two leading Bharatanatyam companies in India (Punyah Dance Company and in Raadha Kalpa Dance Company) have given her an edge in both the artistic and technical aspects of bringing dance productions to life.
Through her upcoming production, Aśrutam - the Unheard Voice, Surabhi hopes to reach diverse communities and spread the experience of her dance globally.